Family • Rhamnaceae - Ziziphus jujuba (Linn.) Lam. - JUJUBE PLUM - Da zao

Common names

Mansanitas ( Tag.)
Jujuba (Engl.)
Jujube plum (Engl.)
Red date (Engl.)
Sour Chinese date (Engl.)
Da zao (Chin.)

Scientific names

Ziziphus jujuba Mill.
Ziziphus zizyphus (L.) Meikle
Rhamnus jujuba Linn.
Rhamnus zizyphus Linn.

Other vernacular names

ARABIC: Dum, Nabq, Tsal, Sadr, Sidr, Zufzuuf. PERSIAN: Anab, Annab, Sidr.
BULGARIAN: Hinap. RUSSIAN: Zizifus, Zizifus zhozhoba, Zizifus obyknovennyj, Jujuba kitaiskaia, Zhozhoba, Zhuzhuba.
CATALAN: Ginjoler. SANSKRIT: Badara, Suphala.
CHINESE: Zao shu, Zao zi, Hong zao, Da tian zao, Ji, Suan zao shu, Jiao zhen, Ying zao, Shan zao shu. SPANISH: Azofaifa, Azofaifo, Azofeifo, Azufaifa, Azufaifas, Achifaifa , Azufaifo, Azufaifo común, Azufaifo chino, Azufeifo, Gínjol, Ginjolero, Jijolero, Jinjol, Jínjol, Jínjolera, Jinjolero, Jinjoles, Jujuba, Zofaifo.
ESTONIAN: Kreektürn. SWEDISH: Jujubär.
FRENCH: Jujubier commun, Jujube de Chine, Jujubier de Chine. TAMIL: Ilantai, Irantai.
GERMAN: Brustbeere, Brustbeerbaum, Chinesische Dattel, Domjujube, Jujube, Judendom. TELUGU: Regu, Gangarenu.
GREEK: Zizifia, Zizyfon. THAI: Phutsaa cheen.
HINDI: Badara, Badari, Ber, Beri. TURKISH: Hünnap.
ITALIAN: Giuggiole, Giuggiolo. VIETNAMESE: Táo tàu.
JAPANESE: Sanebuto natsume.

Mansanitas is a small tree 5 to 10 meters high. Branches are armed with short, sharp spines. Leaves are elliptic-ovate, 5 to 8 centimeters long, 3 to 5 centimeters wide, rounded at the base, green and smooth on the upper surface and densely covered with woolly, pale hairs beneath. Flowers are greenish white, about 7 millimeters in diameter, borne on axillary cymes 3 centimeters in diameter or less. Fruit is fleshy and mealy, smooth, orange or red, ovoid or somewhat rounded, 1.5 to 2 centimeters in diameter, with a bony and irregularly furrowed stone within.


– Widely scattered in the Philippines as a semi-cultivated tree.
– Introduced from tropical Asia.

– Bark contains much tannin and a crystalline principle, ziziphic acid.
– Tannin in the bark is called ziziphotannic acid.
– Fruit contains mucilage, fruit acids and sugar.
– Bark contains 4.1 % tannin; the root 2.6 to 9.3% tannin.
– Studies have yielded various chemical substances like Mauritine-A; Amphibine-H; Jubanine-A; Jubanine-B; Mucronine-D and Nummularine-B. Sativanine-E. Frangufoline, Ziziphine-A to Q, betulinic acid colubrinic acid, alphitolic acid, 3-O-cis-p-coumaroylalphitolic acid, 3-O-transp­coumaroylalphitolic acid, 3-O-cis-p-coumaroylmaslinic acid, 3-O-trans-pcoumaroylmaslinic acid, oleanolic acid, betulonic acid, oleanonic acid, zizyberenalic acid and betulinic acid, jujubosides A, B, A1 B1 and C and acetyljujuboside B and the protojujubosides A, B and B1, saponin, ziziphin, from the dried leaves of Z. jujube – 3-O-a-L-rhamnopyranosyl (1-2)-a­arabinopyranosyl-20-O- (2,3)-di-O-acetyl-a-L-rhamnopyranosyl jujubogenin.
– Study evaluating leaves and bark of ZJ for catechins and proanthocyanidin idolated 16 compounds, including 8 monmeric catechins—
(−)-epiafzelechin, (−)-epicatechin, (−)-epigallocatechin, (−)-epicatechin gallate, (−)-epigal-locatechin gallate, (+)-catechin, (+)-catechin gallate, and (+)-gallocatechin; 4 dimeric proanthocyanidins — (−)-epiafzelechin-(4β-8)-(−)-epicatechin, proanthocyanidin B-2, (−)-epicatechin-(4β-8)-(−)-epigallocatechin, and (−)-epiafzelechin-(4β-8)-(−)-epigallocatechin; and 4 oligomeric proanthocyanidins consisting of epiafzelechin, epigallocatechin, catechin, and epicatechin.


Additional Sources and Suggested Readings

(1) Anxiolytic effect of seed of Ziziphus jujuba in mouse models of anxiety / Wen-Huang Peng, Ming-Tsuen Hsieh et al / Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 72, Issue 3, October 2000, Pages 435-441
/ doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(00)00255-5


(3) Phyto-Pharmacology of Ziziphus jujuba Mill- A plant review / R T Mahajan, M Z Chopda / Pharmacognosy Review, 2009, Vol 3, No 6, Pp 320-329.

(4) Hair growth promoting effect of Zizyphus jujuba essential oil. / Yoon J I, Al-Reza S M, Kang S C / Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Mar 2.

(5) A standardized extract of the fruit of Ziziphus jujuba (Jujube) induces neuronal differentiation of cultured PC12 cells: a signaling mediated by protein kinase A. / Chen J, Maiwulanjiang M, Lam KY, Zhang WL, Zhan JY, Lam CT, Xu SL, Zhu KY, Yao P, Lau DT, Dong TT, Tsim KW. / J Agric Food Chem. 2014 Feb 26;62(8):1890-7. doi: 10.1021/jf405093f. Epub 2014 Feb 12.

(6) The jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) fruit: a review of current knowledge of fruit composition and health benefits /  Gao QH, Wu CS, Wang M. / J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Apr 10;61(14):3351-63. doi: 10.1021/jf4007032. Epub 2013 Mar 28.

(7) Chemical Composition and Antimicrobial Activity of Ziziphus jujuba Seeds Extract / Sherif H Abd-Alrahman, Mounir M Salem-Bekhit, Manal E A Elhalwagy / Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology, Nov 2013, Vol 7 (Spl. Edn.), p 379-385

(8) Effect of Zizyphus Jujuba Fruits on Dyslipidemia in Obese Adolescents: a Triple-masked Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial / Ali Mohammad Sabzghabaee, Iman Khayam, Roya Kelishadi, Alireza Ghannadi, Rasool Soltani, Shirinsadat Badri, Shahin Shirani. / Med Arh. 2013; 67(3): 156-159 / doi: 10.5455/medarh.2013.67.156-159

(9) Crude Extract from Ziziphus Jujuba Fruits, a Weapon against Pediatric Infectious Disease / Daneshmand F PhD, Zare-Zardini H Msc, Tolueinia B Msc, Hasani Z Msc, Ghanbari T Msc / Iranian Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Vol 3.No 1

(10) Effect of Zizyphus jujuba on serum lipid profile and some anthropometric measurements / Usama El-Sayed Mostafa and Louay Labban* / Advancement in Medicinal Plant Research, Vol. 1(3), pp. 49-55, July 2013

(11) Antipyretic Activity of Zizyphus jujuba lam. Leaves / Anbarasi Balakrishnan*, Parimala Devi Balasubramaniyam, Senthil Kumar Natesan / J Adv Sci Res, 2012, 3(3): 40-42

(12) Proanthocyanidins ofZiziphus jujuba / A. Malik, Z. A. Kuliev, Yu. A. Akhmedov, A. D. Vdovin, N. D. Abdullaev / Chemistry of Natural Compounds, March–April, 1997, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 165-173

– Bark is bitter.
– Root is considered purgative.
– Fruit of wild variety is acid and astringent; cultivated fruit is less acid.
– Fruit is considered anodyne, nourishing, mucilaginous, pectoral, styptic, digestive and blood purifying and tonic.
– Considered tonic, aphrodisiac, anxiolytic, hypnotic-sedative, anticancer, antifungal, anti-ulcer.
– Studies on fruit have suggested anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiobesity, immunostimulating, antioxidant, hepatoprotective and gastroprotective properties.


Parts used
Bark, leaves, fruit, roots.

Edibility / Culinary
Fruit is edible; used in a variety of recipes.

– In thePhilippines, a decoction of the bark and leaves is an effectiveastringent in dysentery and diarrhea. Also, used in all kinds of bowel problems.
– Root, taken in excess, is a drastic purgative.
– In Angola, used to promote menstruation.
– Decoction used for fevers.
– Powdered root used for ulcers and wounds.
– Juice of root bark used as purgative; externally, for gout and rheumatism.
– Bark is emetic in larger doses. Sometimes, used for colic.
– Bark, powdered or in decoction, is astringent and used for diarrhea.
– Powdered bark used as dressing for old wounds and ulcers.
– In Cambodia, bark is used for dysentery and gingivitis.
– Some Benue tribes use the leaves as ingredient in a prescription for gonorrhea.
– Pounded leaves are applied as dressing to wounds. Leaves, in plaster form, used in strangury. Paste made from tender leaves and twigs applied to boils, abscesses and carbuncles to promote suppuration.
– Dried and ripe fruit used is mildly laxative; also, used as expectorant.
– In China, fruit used for coughs. Also, used for insomnia and anxiety.

Cosmetics: Extracts used in a variety of skin care products, anti-wrinkles, moisturizers, and sunburn lotions.
Tanning: Used for tanning in India.
Fishing: In Abyssinia, fruit used to stupefy fish.

Study Findings
• Anxiolytic / Sedative: Study showed the ethanolic extract of seed of ZJ possessed anxiolytic effect at lower dose and sedative effect a higher doses.
• Treatment for Chronic Constipation:Study showed jujuba extract to be an effective and safe treatment for chronic constipation.
• Anti-Diabetic / Hypolipidemic: Study evaluating the hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of a hydro-alcoholic extract of ZJ leaves in rats showed significant reductions of glucose, cholesterol, triglyceride and elevation of HDL. LDL reduction was not as significant.
• Hepatoprotective / Antioxidant / Fruits:Study investigating the hepatoprotective effect of methanolic extract of Zizyphus jujuba fruits in rat models of paracetamol- and thioacetamide-induced hepatic damage showed significant inhibition of biomarker elevation. Histopathological studies supported the biochemical findings. Study concludes a hepatoprotective activity probably due to its antioxidant effect.
• Antioxidant: Study showed the fruit extracts from Zizyphus jujuba had higher antioxidant activity than Hydrangea paniculata leaf extracts.
• Spatial Memory Improvement / Antioxidant : Study showed the co-treatment of Z. jujuba extract ameliorates ethanol-induced memory deficits, both in the acquisition process and retrieval process of spatial memory performance in rats. The improvement is attributed to the antioxidant properties of flavonoids present in the extract.
• Rat Testes Reproductive Benefits: Study in male Wistar rats evaluated the antioxidant effects of aqueous fruits extracts of Ziziphus jujuba on ethanol-induced oxidative stress. Results showed beneficial effects on ethanol-induced sperm toxicity, with enhancement of sperm motility and plasma membrane integrity.
• Essential Oil / Hair-Promoting Effects: Study evaluated the efficacy of essential oil from seeds of ZJ for hair growth. Applied to rats over shaved skin at different concentrations, results concluded ZJEO possesses hair growth promoting activity.
• Weight-Reducing / Hypolipidemic / Hypophagic: Study of hydroalcoholic extract of ZJ leaves showed the leaf extract to possess significant weight reducing, hypophagic and hypolipidemic properties in sucrose-induced obese rats.
• Neurodegenerative Disease Preventive: Study evaluated the role of jujube in bran benefits, its effect on neuronal differentiation of PC12 cells. Results showed jujube water extract induced neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells, induced phosphorylation of cAMP responsive element binding protein on PC12 cells. Results support the use of jujube as food supplement for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases in which neurotrophin deficiency is involved.
• Antimicrobial: Study evaluated an aqueous-ethanol extract of jujuba seeds for antimicrobial activity against six bacterial strains. Results showed the extract is potent in inhibiting both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
• Benefits in Dyslipidemia in Obese Adolescents: Study evaluated the effect of ZJ fruit in controlling dyslipidemia in obese adolescents. A triple-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial of 86 obese adolescents aged 12–18 with dyslipidemia. Results showed the fruits to ge generally well tolerated, with potential favorable effects on serum lipid profile.
• Antimicrobial / Fruits: Study of crude extract of ZJ fruits showed a wide antimicrobial activity against tested microbes, with E. coli showing to be the most susceptible. Results suggest potential used for microbial infections, especially pediatric infectious diseases.
• Hypolipidemic / Antiobesity: Study of Z.. jujuba powder showed hypolipidemic and anti-obesity properties and did not show any negative impact on liver function as measured by ALT and AST.
• Antipyretic / Leaves: Study evaluated Z. jujuba for antipyretic activity in Brewer’s yeast induced pyrexia in rats. The antipuretic activity of the extract was comparable to paracetamol..
Extracts and capsule in the cybermarket.