The Date Fruit Is Not Just A TCM Superfood

The date fruit is one of the main stays in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and it is almost impossible to walk into a TCM store and not find them on display somewhere.

Rich in vitamins and nutrients, it’s medicinal properties are known to be able to reduce blood pressure, balance sugar balance, and boost awareness, etc.

It’s scientifically recognized as a small fruit that packs a lot of antioxidants too.

The fruits of the date tree are green and turns red when ripe.

Dried dates are often used to boil soup, blend drinks, and also as ingredients for oriental dishes.

It mandarin name is zao (枣) sounds like 早 which means to be early. This auditory similarity has led to various poems crafted that plays with these words to somewhat carry a dual meaning.

They are also known in red dates, Chinese dates, and jujube.

Legend of date fruit


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The are many reference to the date fruit in Chinese literature and folklore.

The most well-known story was probably one set in the Tang dynasty.

A farmer by the name of Zhao Jumhui (趙居晦) had a magnificent date tree in front of his house. One day a Taoist sage passed by and was astounded by the beauty of the tree. He then remarked to the farmer that the descendants of the tree owner would be highly successful in politics and maybe even become a prime minister. Zhao brushed this off as nonsense. Zhao soon had a son named Zhao Ying (趙瑩) who later rose to power and became prime minister during the later Jin era. The date them became an auspicious item to wish couples (especially newly-weds) to have righteous and honorable children.

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This is why the Chinese date often accompanies the lychee and longan as well-wishing gifts to married couples for fertility luck.

When the date is portrayed in paintings with the cinnamon tree, it represents the wish that sons would attain high positions in the government office.

Because of the date fruit’s connotations with bearing sons display items are usually placed in the northeast as this is the space of the Ken trigram which represents young men.

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