Korean jujube tea, also known as Daechu Cha or Daechu Saenggangcha, is a traditional Korean drink, which is made from jujubes or dried red dates. It is a comforting and soothing tea that is preferred by Koreans on a regular basis.
When you explore the Korean market, you will notice jars loaded with jujube tea paste, placed next to sujeonggwa tea. It is quite flavorful as it has the sweetness of jujubes and the earthy flavor of cinnamon & ginger.
Jujube tea is healthy, and it is especially good for consumption in the winter season. Also, there are a lot of health benefits and it is consumed for its medicinal value which you will come to know in the later part of this recipe. Umm.. What are we waiting for? Let’s begin!
How To Make Jujube Tea?
Jujube Tea Recipe (Daechu-Saenggang Cha)
- Sharp Knife
- Heat Resistant Glass Kettle/Stainless Steel Pot
- Huge Stainless Steel Strainer
- ½ Cup Or 4 Ounces Of Seedless Dried Jujubes Red Dates
- 2 tbsp or 1 Ounce Ginger Peeled And Thinly Sliced
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- Pine Nuts Tips Removed
- 6 Cups Of Water
- 4 tbsp Of Sugar Optional – Honey or Brown Sugar
- First, wash the dried jujubes in cold running water to make sure it’s free of dirt.
- Using a sharp knife, finely chop the dried jujubes and put them into a heat-resistant glass kettle or you can even use a stainless steel pot.
- Next, add the cinnamon stick, ginger, sugar, and water. Cover the lid and then cook it over low to medium heat for about 25 to 30 minutes. Remember to crack open the lid as it might easily boil over.
- Bring the heat to low flame and let it simmer for another 30 minutes. And then, remove it from the heat.
- Pour everything through a huge stainless steel strainer over a bowl. Using a masher or a spoon, mash down the solids to allow the jujube pulp to penetrate through the strainer.
- Lastly, pour the strained tea into the pot or kettle and reheat. Now, pour into cups and sprinkle some pine nuts. And your jube tea is ready, enjoy!
- To make your jujube tea experience more pleasurable, ensure that there are no large chunks of jujube. It should be evenly ground into tiny bits of minced jujube. In this case, you can use a food processor instead of a masher.
- If you want to store it, do store it in an airtight container. Place it in your refrigerator and it will last a long time.
- You can adjust the sweetness according to your liking.
- You can enjoy it as a cold beverage in summer as well, by not reheating it. But refrigerate it for at least 1 hour and your cold jujube tea is ready.
Health Benefits of Jujube Tea or Daechu-Saenggang Cha
Helpful In Improving Heart Health
Jujubes are low in sodium and loaded with potassium. Potassium helps in relaxing the blood vessels and also regulates blood pressure levels. It might also be helpful in reducing the risk of heart disease.
Improves Gastrointestinal Health
Jujube tea helps in promoting gastrointestinal health. It can improve the entire gastrointestinal region.
Relieves Chronic Constipation
Consuming jujube extracts might be helpful in relieving the symptoms of chronic constipation.
Regulates Blood Circulation
Excellent blood circulation defines that your organs are totally oxygenated, and you feel normally fresher and packed with energy. Having jujube tea is an ideal idea as it is well known to nourish the blood.
Jujubes are loaded with vitamins C and A which are actually powerful antioxidants. All these essential nutrients tend to fight against free radical damage that can compromise the immune system & increase the risk of several diseases.
Just like Korean green plum tea, buckwheat tea, and omija tea, jujube tea is extremely simple and easy to make at home. It’s just a 5 ingredient recipe that you can get in your kitchen! It’s one of my favorite Korean tea recipes and I hope that you will also love it! Do comment down your thoughts on this recipe while sipping & enjoying a cup of jujube tea!
What is jujube tea good for?
Jujubes are loaded with fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. In simple words, they are helpful in boosting immunity, preventing constipation, reducing blood sugar levels, reversing free radical damage as well as helping you to sleep better.
When is the right time to drink jujube tea?
You can have jujube tea in the morning as an energizing drink, or even in the afternoon if you feel under the weather. Also, you can have it in the evening as a warm drink in winter.
Can I drink jujube tea every single day?
Yes, but it is better to have it in moderation.
Does Jujube Tea Contains Caffeine?
No, jujube tea does not contain caffeine and it is made with a natural fruit that is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium.