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Jujubes, black sugar (or honey), and water are the ingredients for jujube tea. You can consume it as a warming evening beverage, an energetic morning beverage, and an afternoon treat (particularly if you’re feeling under the weather). This hot beverage can be spicy or sweet as you wish (adjust the amount of ginger and black sugar until you find your desired balance).
Although it’s so wonderful (and healthy!) to drink all year round, this beverage is a cure-all for colds, coughs, and whenever you feel a little under the weather. Chinese red dates are called jujubes. You can add ginger to create a jujube ginger tea. This beverage’s primary flavor is ginger, mellowed by the malty-sweet overtones of jujubes and black sugar. Although you can serve the drink warmly, some individuals prefer it to be more relaxed.
What advantages does jujube ginger tea have for your health?
This tea is one of China’s most well-liked, caffeine-free herbal teas because of the fruit’s numerous health advantages. The numerous antioxidants in jujube tea add to its calming and relaxing properties. The two essential elements that turn this into a “health drink” are ginger and jujubes.
Jujubes are renowned for:
- Their high vitamin C content boosts immunity and provides a natural sleep aid.
- Improving blood circulation and flow.
The benefits of ginger include:
- Better digestion.
- Relieving musculoskeletal pain
- Is thought to enhance mental and brain function.
- Chinese people place a high priority on maintaining good health. Jujube is frequently used as a healthy snack or dessert since it is delicious and packed with nutrients, including protein, potassium, iron, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
What do you need to know about jujube tea and black sugar’s (kokuto) ingredients?
This recipe requires black sugar (which also goes by the Japanese name kokuto). Black sugar is sold in one-pound packages for about $4-6 at Japanese supermarkets (such as Nijiya and Mitsuwa). However, don’t worry if you don’t have black sugar.
You can easily modify the recipe to use honey instead. The honey or black sugar’s only function is slightly sweetening the beverage. If you use black sugar, you boil everything together after adding the sugar and the other ingredients. If you use honey, you should add it very last. After you’ve poured the drink into your cup, add it right away.
Ginger Peeling: Advice and Techniques
- Ginger is hard to peel. The two options listed below are beneficial;
- You can skip peeling the skin using organic ginger. Make sure you thoroughly clean the ginger with a fruit/vegetable scrubber.
- Peel the skin off with a spoon! You can use a paring knife; it can be used as a peeler to remove most of the skin and any remaining small pieces. It often leaves you exhausted. Simply using a metal spoon makes the process so much simpler.
Recipe for Jujube Ginger Tea
You’ll need the following ingredients for the recipe;
- A thinly sliced, peeled 4-inch ginger knob.
- Eight Chinese red dates, divided in half.
- Honey or black sugar (Kokuto), as desired.
- Three cups of water
When cooking with these ingredients:
- Prepare all of your components first. Slice and peel the ginger. Open the jujubes in half (or you can also cut them in half).
- Mix ginger, jujubes, and black sugar in a small pot. Add three cups of water to the pot. Put a cover on it and heat it to a boil.
- As soon as it begins to boil, immediately reduce the heat to low. Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes.
- After removing the lid, let the beverage cool for a few minutes. Afterward, drain into cups and, if you don’t use black sugar, add honey. Drink and have fun!
- You can either dissolve the preserved jujubes in boiling water or boil dry jujubes to make this tea. You can cook jujubes on low heat for eight to a day, ideally with sun-dried jujubes, until the liquid is sweet and syrupy.
- As a result, tea is rich in iron, potassium, vitamins B and C, and a deep ruby-brown to dark maroon hue. Korean grocery stores also sell commercially prepared sweet jujube syrup.
How to make Korean Ginger Jujube Tea
- Soak ginger and jujube in water for two hours in separate dishes. Then carefully discard the ginger’s skin. Slice the ginger very thin (or finely dice it for a more pungent taste). We removed the skin using a spoon.
- Jujubes dried in a pit (take out seeds). Delete the seeds. Each jujube should be cut into thin strips using scissors. If damp, gently pat dry.
- Combined are sliced ginger and jujube in a medium basin. Then, add 2 to 3 cups of honey and stir until the ginger and jujube are thoroughly covered. There should be enough honey for the side of the mixing basin to have honey puddles.
- In the fridge, this tea blend will keep for about a month.
- Add to an airtight container and leave it there for a day at room temperature. Then chill it! The longer the tea mixture sits, the better it will taste. The honey won’t become problematic.
How Is Jujube Ginger Tea Served?
Use a tea strainer if you prefer your tea without the loose ginger and jujube.
Water base option: You boil water in two cups. Add 1-2 generous tablespoons of ginger jujube tea mix to the cup. Add a few glasses of boiling water and taste before adding. The jujube will float at the top of the cup while the ginger will sink to the bottom. While drinking tea, chew on some jujubes!
Option 2: Ensure 2 cups of water and a cinnamon stick boil. Ceylon cinnamon is the healthiest kind of cinnamon. Then halt the heating. Give the cinnamon stick 10 minutes to steep. Add 1-2 generous tablespoons of ginger jujube tea mix to the cup. Add a cup or two of cinnamon water, then taste and adjust. The jujube will float at the top of the cup while the ginger will sink to the bottom. While drinking tea, chew on some jujubes!
Add 3–5 pine nuts as a garnish.
When should I drink jujube tea?
Jujube Ginger Tea can be consumed in the morning to boost energy, in the afternoon to treat yourself (especially if you’re feeling under the weather), and in the evening to keep you warm. It uses ginger, jujubes, black sugar (or honey), and water. As a result, you are free to consume it whenever you feel the urge.