I am sure many of you have heard of Goji Berry now since it has become a superfood; they are indeed high in antioxidants and have natural healing and anti-ageing properties but did you know there are many benefits in Chinese red dates? It is one of the most popular foods used for health. Dried Chinese dates are red, soft on the outside with a sweet smell. Inside being soft and moist.
In Chinese cuisine they are usually paired with Chinese red dates as both of these fruits have restorative and warming properties. This tea is delicious, and naturally sweet, when made simply from Chinese red dates and goji berries.
Some people add a little bit of brown sugar or honey, but I don’t think it is necessary unless you have a real sweet tooth. But you can augment it with slices of ginger (especially useful in winter), and you can also add Chinese herbs the most popular for confinement being dong guai. (It is best to consult your Chinese Traditional Medicine practitioner before taking any Chinese herbal medicine as it is not suitable for everyone.)
Goji berries are an amazing source of vitamins (B1, B2, B6 and E), minerals (zinc, copper, iron, calcium, selenium), amino acids and beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A by the liver to help improve vision. It’s also got lots of antioxidants to fight free radicals and 13% more protein than whole meat.
Red dates aka. jujubes are seen as China’s “cure-all fruit” and have 70-80x more vitamin C than grapes and apples. They’ve also got plenty of vitamin A, B1, B2, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and magnesium and are known for enriching and replenishing the blood (great for women during their special time of month or after giving birth).Chinese dates can strengthen the spleen and stomach Qi (energy) which helps to digest food, tonify blood, tranquillise the mind, improving insomnia and to help protect the liver, reduce cholesterol and prevent cancer.
Together, the tea can help relieve stress and insomnia while providing anti-inflammatory effects and increasing blood circulation.
Chinese dates can strengthen the spleen and stomach Qi (energy) which helps to digest food, tonify blood and tranquilize the mind. Chinese medicine considers that the formation of blood is through good digestion and absorption of food which is mainly helped by the spleen and stomach. If spleen and stomach Qi are weakened it will affect the blood supply and its function, this may lead to blood deficiency (iron deficiency) and may also have the following symptoms, such as; poor appetite, lack of energy, pallor, lack of muscle on the arm and legs, overweight, diarrhea, sluggish bowl movement or bowl movement straight after eating, bloating after eating, stomach craps or diarrhea from eating cold food, or light and shorter menstruation and insomnia.
Chinese dates are suitable for people who have insomnia from lack of Qi and blood.
To help protect the liver, reduce cholesterol and prevent cancer
I will share some information from modern science research which is noted in Traditional Chinese Text Book mentions chinese dates contain high levels of Vitamin C, also having the function of protecting the liver, help reduce cholesterol and increase the bodies immune system and may help reduce the risk of cancer.
8 Red Dates
Small Handful of Goji Berries
280ml filtered water for soaking dates
500ml filtered water for boiling
Small Piece of Rock Sugar (they are raw unrefined sugar)
1. Cut both sides of the date like a cross; and soak the dates overnight in 280ml filtered water.
2. After soaking your dates, pour all the dates with the water in a small saucepan, add goji berry and 500ml of water
3. Bring it to boil on high heat and once it is boiling, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 30 min
4. Have a taste of the tea, if you like it sweeter, you can add in a small piece of rock sugar and let it simmer until the sugar has melted
5. Drink warm.