In different countries, different fruits are referring to as Chinese apple such as in the British language pomegranate (Punica granatum) is known as a Chinese apple. Ribery (Syzygium Luehmannii) is called Chinese apple in the Australian language and Vietnam jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) is referred to as a Chinese apple. They all have their own taste, color, shape, and benefits.
Three common Chinese apple
The three common Chinese apples are:
- Pomegranate (in British language)
- Ribery (in Australian language)
- jujube (in Vietnam)
Pomegranate (Punica granatum)
In the British language, pomegranate is known as a Chinese apple. it varies in color from outside, can be lemon yellow through all shades of pink and red to purple. From inside its color nearly white to dark red or purple. Pomegranate taste is more like cranberries, fairly tart with a bit of sweetness underneath.
Origin of Chinese apple (pomegranate)
Extending from Iran to northern India, the Chinese apple (pomegranate) originated in these regions. In ancient times it has been cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region. However, later on in the 16 century, it was introduced in Spanish America to California by Spanish settlers. Trees of pomegranate grow between 5 to 10 meters (16 and 33ft) tall. The season of this Chinese apple is not the same in all regions. October to February in the northern hemisphere and March to May in the southern hemisphere.
Pomegranates are grown in dry areas with either a Mediterranean winter rainfall season or Mediterranean summer rainfall season. Pomegranate is cultivated in a garden and large containers as an ornamental plant. As an ornamental plant, it is very popular.
Nutritional value of pomegranate
Pomegranate is belonging to the berry family. It contains a lot of seed which are covered with a sweet juicy pulp called an aril. Because of its sweet flavor, it contains some sugar level which is counts as calories. However, it is loaded with nutrients which is very beneficial for health
The nutrients this fruit contain:
|Vitamin c||30% of RDI|
|Vitamin k||36% of RDI|
|Folate||16% of RDI|
|Potassium||12% of RDI|
One cup of Chinese apple (pomegranate) aril contains 147 gm of nutrients and 24 gm of sugar means 144 gm of calories.
Health benefits of pomegranate
This fruit is among the healthiest fruit on earth. It is full of nutrition vitamins minerals and antioxidants. Studies show that pomegranate is full of health benefits, it can also reduce the risk of different diseases. Here are some health benefits which are given below.
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It is an extremely potent antioxidant that is present in the pomegranate juice and peel. Their antioxidants are three times more powerful than in green tea and red wine.
It is found in the seeds of a pomegranate, punicic acid is a type of conjugated linoleic acid with a potent biological effect.
Pomegranate has impressive anti-inflammatory property which helps to reduce chronic inflammation which may lead to heart diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease even obesity.
A study shows that regular intake of a pomegranate can reduce inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, effectively cover breast cancer and colon cancer.
Regular intake of 250 ml of pomegranate juice reduces the inflammatory markers CRP and interleukin-6 by 32% and 30%, respectively.
Reduce blood pressure
Hypertension is now a societal problem every other person is suffering from this disease. A lot of issues can be caused because of high blood pressure How to treat hypertension? although one serious problem would be arising is a heart attack.
- Pomegranate has the property which can reduce hypertension. Daily intake of 5 ounces of 150 ml of pomegranate juice can remarkably reduce hypertension (blood pressure).
Property of fight against bacterial and fungal infection
This Chinese apple has tremendous properties to fight against bacterial fungal infection. It can protect the mouth from these infections.
It can help in conditions like gingivitis, periodontitis, and denture stomatitis.
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Summary: because of its shape and color pomegranate is known as Chinese apple in the British language. It has tart to sweet and has a lot of health benefits. Pomegranate is belonging to the berry family.
Ribery (Syzygium Luehmannii)
Ribery is a native Australian food known to be a Chinese apple. it is a pear shape berry found in red or pink color. These Chinese apples belong to the clove family. It has a tart and a bit of spicy taste and gives a kind of clove and cinnamon flavor. Taste can vary depends upon the location. Ribery can be eaten in dry and raw form.
Origin of Syzygium Luehmanni (Chinese apple)
It is a medium-sized tree native to Australia. These are coastal rainforest trees, fruits common names include Ribery, small-leaved Lilly pills, cherry satinash, cherry alder, or clove Lilly Pilli. It grows deep sandy soil, on volcanic soils, or between the Macleay River in New South Wales to near Cairns in tropical Queensland. It is commonly grown as an ornamental tree and for its fruit, known as a Ribery.
These trees are grown 8 to 10 meters high and its fruit is growing to 10 to 15 mm long. The fruit is covered with a single seed of about 4mm in diameter. Fruit takes 2 to 3 months (December to February) to get mature in a pear shape berry.
Its harvesting period is early December to mid-January. Although it needs to refrigerate as soon as possible. Ribery can be refrigerated for up to 2 years.
This Chinese apple is used to make jams, syrups, sauces, chutney, and confectionary items.
Nutritional value of Ribery (Chinese apple)
Per 100 grams of dry Ribery
Health benefits of Ribery
More than shading in your garden, Australian Ribery has a lot of health benefits.
It is called super fruits because of its incredibly high level of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fruit acids, phytosterols, and essential fatty acids which provide moisturize and protect the skin.
Ribery has tremendous anti-inflammatory and healing properties. which helps the body to fight various diseases.
It has anti-aging and astringent properties that help the skin to resist premature aging.
It is enriched with vitamin C and fruit acid which produce elasticity and collision in the skin.
Other skin benefits:
If we precise Ribery (Chinese apple) skin benefits then it is best in,
High on vitamin C and fruit acids
Brightens the skin
Potent anti-aging active
Promote a skin cell rejuvenation
Improves collagen production.
Protects against the adverse effects of UVB radiation
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Summary: in Australia Ribery (Syzygium Luehmannii) is known as the Chinese apple. it has a pear shape found in red and pink. This fruit is loaded with nutrition and health benefits.
Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba)
In Vietnam, jujube is known by the name called Chinese apple. because of its size and shape, it is also known as Chinese dates. In dried form it is chewy and sweet like dates with edible skin However, in raw form, it tastes like an apple and can be eaten as nutritional snacks. It can be eaten in various forms like dry, fresh, boiled, stewed, and bake. It is also used to flavor tea.
Premature jujube is green in color, as its mature green color change to red. Dried jujube loses its moisture and becomes brown or reddish-brown.
Origin of jujube
In south Asia, jujube was cultivated by 9000 bc. These Chinese apple trees can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and rainfalls. They can survive in extremely hot weather with enough water and can grow even in dessert. Some species of this genus can tolerate even -15 degrees centigrade cold weather.
They also grow in mountains and habitat. jujube is widely distributed in milder climate to hot deserts in Asia and Africa.
These are short trees, height approximately 5-10 meters (16-39ft), and usually have thorny branches. They have shiny green leaves of about 2-7cm. the fruit is oval, oblate, round to elongated and cylindrical, and 1.5-3 cm deep.
Nutritional value of jujube
Below the table shows the nutritional value of 100 gm of jujube
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.20 g||1%|
|Vitamin A||40 IU||1%|
|Vitamin C||69 mg||115%|
Jujube health benefits
In Chinese culture, Jujube is praised for its impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Fresh or dried berries are packed with all those nutritions which is essential for healthy growth, development, and well-being.
Jujube contains tannins that are highly effective for a disease like infections, inflammation, and hemorrhagic (prevent the tendency of easy bleeding).
Jujube contains a high amount of vitamin c which helps to control free radicles inside the body. free radicle is a big cause of cancer and other dangerous diseases. It is recommended to intake 100 gm of jujube (Chinese apple ) daily.
These berries contain a modest level of vitamin b complex and pyridoxine ( vitamin b-6) which helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins, and fat.
powder dry jujube is used in traditional Chinese medicines. These medicines are very effective to cure nervousness and infections and help to improve the digestive system.
Summary: fresh crunchy jujube is green to red. Jujube trees can survive in a wide range of temperatures and have a lot of health benefits. Fresh jujube has an apple-like taste due for this reason it is known as a Chinese apple. dry jujube is brown and also called dry date or Chinese dates.
Here are some questions regarding this topic.
1. What does the apple symbolize in Chinese culture?
In Christian iconography, the apple symbolizes the Original Sin, the fall of man, and temptation. In Chinese culture, the word for apple, “ping Guo”, is a homophone for the word “ping”, meaning peace or tranquility, so an apple symbolizes a wish for peace. Apples also feature prominently in Greek myths.
2. What is Chinese apple good for?
Chinese apple has a lot of health and medicinal benefits. It is an excellent source of vitamin c, riboflavin, and potassium and helps to cure different diseases like inflammation and infections.
3. Do apples come from china?
Many delicious fruits are native to chines like peach, Asian pear, apricot, plum, jujube, chestnut, and filbert. There is a vast production of fruits in china about 50.89 million tons, out of which 6.42 million tons were pear and 17.22 million tons was an apple.
4. Are Chinese apple safe to eat?
During cultivation, china uses dangerous pesticides on fruits to prevent them from insects. These fruits can be dangerous for health, half of the apple juice comes from china. Chinese government band these pesticides but it is still in use.
5. Does all pomegranate have 613 seed?
Sources are in disagreement about how many seeds a pomegranate holds. Some sources fix the number to exactly 613, some allow for an error of +/- 200, yet others believe that all pomegranates have the same number of seeds. It is certainly possible to disprove the first and third of these.
6. How long does it take to grow a Lilly Pilli hedge?
Lilly pilly or Ribery are fast-growing plants they take 3-5 years to become a mature tress but it also depends on the condition. It requires additional maintenance to reach up to the desired height.
7. What are the best fertilizers for Lilly Pilli?
Manure, compost, or a certified organic pelletized fertilizer in spring, summer, and autumn should use to reach your plant desire height. If give dose of eco-seaweed and eco-amino gro every 2-4 weeks helps in additional growth.
8. What is the jujube fruit called in English?
Jujube fruit, also known as red or Chinese date, is native to Southern Asia but has become popular around the world. These small round fruits with a seed-containing pit grow on large flowering shrubs or trees (Ziziphus jujuba).
9. Can jujube grow in pots?
Yes, it is possible to grow jujube in pots, in their native China, many apartment dwellers have potted jujube trees on their balconies.
If I conclude the above article in some words then it can be written as: various plants include pomegranate, Ribery, or lily Pilli, jujube comes under the shade of Chinese apple. It varies from region to region. Although, the Chinese apple is loaded with nutrients and contains a bulk of benefits that make these fruits a super fruit.