Nutrition

Jujubes have one of the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit[AI]. Additionally they are a good source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and B6 and also contain the majority of essential amino acids that cannot be synthesised by the body and which must therefore be provided by the diet.

Like most fruits they also have zero fat and zero cholesterol making them an ideal healthy snack.

Fruit Vitamin C Content Per 100g Fruit
Apple 6mg
Orange 53mg
Jujube 500mg

* Source: http://www.naturalhub.com/natural_food_guide_fruit_vitamin_c.htm[AI]


It should be noted that the cooking process can reduce the effectiveness of Vitamin C. Therefore the health benefits are maximised when consuming fresh or dried fruits.

Nutritional Information

This is the nutritional breakdown in conventional format. These are the official numbers compiled by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture[21] however, as with all fruit, it should be noted that the numbers can vary quite considerably due to factors such as cultivar, ripeness, age, and storage. There have also been scientific studies that have investigated the nutritional components of various Jujube varieties in more detail[19].

Avg quantity Per 100g Fresh Fruit Dried Fruit
Energy 331 KJ (79 Kcal) 1201 KJ (287 Kcal)
Protein 1.20g 3.70g
Carbohydrates 20.23g 73.60g
Fats 0.20g 1.10g
Sodium 3mg 9mg

Source: USDA Agricultural Research Service[21]

Trace elements

Major: Potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium
Minor: Iron, sodium, zinc and copper, manganese

Further Information

For more detailed information on the nutritional and chemical composition of Jujube fruit, the peer-reviewed jounal Food Chemistry appears to be the best source of information. Most articles are available online (for a fee) or you can ask at the library of your local university.

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