There are many unusual names out there for fruit and vegetables. One of them is the jujube, pronounced joojoob.

It sounds almost like a children’s game or candy. Also known as the Chinese apple or Chinese date, this fruit probably originated in China and has been cultivated in South East Asia for over 4,000 years. Nowadays, the jujube is cultivated all around the world. 

The flesh of the Golden Silk jujube consists of fine golden fibers 

The tree bears fruit two times a year. It can produce an impressive number of 5,000 to 30,000 jujubes annually. Once they are picked, they can be heat-, sun- or air-dried and made into dates. However, this is not the only way to use jujube. For instance, they can also be consumed raw or made into juices, jams, teas or syrups. There is even a jujube brandy.  

The jujube is part of Dragon Boat Festival

A traditional and important festival, based on the lunar calendar, takes place in China annually. It includes dragon boat racing, honoring the poet Qu Yuan, and eating “Zongzi” – special rice dumplings made from scratch. Often, the whole family helps making these dumplings, and in some parts of China they contain the delicious jujube to make it a sweet treat.  

Silk dye in Burma and traditional Chinese wedding ceremony

Silk weaving has a long traditionin Burma,and Burmese silk is known for its excellent quality. In the early days, jujube bark and skin were used to color the silk thread. Another fascinating use can be observed in the Chinese wedding ceremony, where jujube (along other fruits and nuts) was often placed in the bedroom of the freshly married couple wishing for fertility. 

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