1st Edition

Chinese Dates A Traditional Functional Food

Edited By Dongheng Liu, Xingqian Ye, Yueming Jiang Copyright 2016
    405 Pages 67 Color & 118 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Chinese Dates: A Traditional Functional Food delivers unique information on Chinese dates (jujubes) as typical ethical foods and traditional health-promoting foods. It conveys a better understanding of Asian food cultures and provides historical information in regard to traditional functional foods and their dietary applications. It discusses the health-promoting benefits of a wide variety of jujube fruits and covers different jujube products, such as jujube fruit juice and cakes. It also looks into the many kinds of jujube fruit-based medicated diets, describes innovative new processing technologies and novel jujube products, and examines ethnomedicinal uses, pharmacological activity, and phytochemical constitutes of jujubes.

    The book’s four sections and nineteen chapters provide information on Chinese date’s origin, distribution, varieties, chemical composition, biochemical properties, traditional products and technology, innovative processing technology, food use, and health benefits. The first section explores the origin, distribution, germplasm, and growing conditions of Chinese dates. It also examines traditional jujube-based functional foods from a historical perspective.

    The second section looks into the chemical and biochemical properties of Chinese dates along with their health benefits. Topics within this section include a review of the current knowledge of fruit composition; chemical, biological, and antioxidant properties of jujubes from different geographical regions; and a mathematical analysis of the relationship between the composition and bioactivities of jujube fruit harvested at different stages of ripeness. This section also explores ethnomedicinal uses and pharmacological activity, phytochemical constituents and health benefits, and polysaccharide composition.

    Chinese date products and postharvest technology are covered in the third section, which includes a discussion of drying technology and postharvest treatments affecting storage quality. The fourth and final section deals with the Chinese date industry in various countries, including Australia, Turkey, Iran, and Romania.


    Traditional Chinese Date (Jujube)-Based Functional Foods in Chinese History
    Xingqian Ye, Dongheng Liu, Wenliang Wang, Guihua Xu, and Yueming Jiang

    Origin, Distribution, Germplasm, and Growing of Chinese Dates

    Mengjun Liu and Zhihui Zhao


    Bioactive Compounds from Ziziphus jujuba and Allied Species
    Mendel Friedman

    The Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) Fruit: A Review of Current Knowledge of Fruit Composition and Health Benefits

    Min Wang, Qing-han Gao, Jing Shen, Xiao-qin Wang, and Xiao-long Ji

    Chemical and Biological Assessment of Ziziphus jujuba Fruit (Jujube) from China of Different Geographical Sources and Developmental Stages: Chemical Composition and Possible Targets in Developing Health Food Products

    Jianping Chen, Candy T.W. Lam, Zhonggui Li, Ping Yao, Huang Quan Lin, Tina T.X. Dong, and Karl W.K. Tsim

    Composition and Antioxidative and Cancer Cell Inhibiting Activities of Jujube Fruits and Seeds (Ziziphus jujuba) Cultivated in Korea

    Suk-Hyun Choi, Nobuyuki Kozukue, and Mendel Friedman

    A Mathematical Analysis of the Relationship between the Composition and Bioactivities of Jujube Fruit Harvested at Different Stages of Ripeness

    Enrico Finotti and Mendel Friedman

    Jujubes and Health Benefits: Ethnomedicinal Uses and Pharmacological Activity

    Manoj Goyal

    Phytochemical Constituents and Health Benefits of Jujubes

    Pierluigi Plastina and Bartolo Gabriele

    Polysaccharide Composition in Chinese Dates (Jujubes) and Health Benefits

    Baskaran Stephen Inbaraj and Bing Huei Chen

    Physical, Chemical, and Antioxidant Properties of Jujube Fruits from Turkey

    Sedat Serçe and Mustafa Özgen

    Chemical Compositions of Fruit Pulp Extracts of Ziziphus jujuba Mill. in Tunisia

    Meriem Elaloui, Abdelwahed Laamouri, Murielle Cerny, Celine Mathieu, Gerard Vilarem, and Brahim Hasnaoui


    Chinese Dates (Jujubes): Drying Technology

    Jinfeng Bi and Qinqin Chen

    Chinese Dates (Jujubes): A Traditional Functional Food

    Chun-Ting Liu, Kuan-Hung Lu, Meaghan Tobin, and Lee-Yan Sheen

    Postharvest Treatments Affecting Storage Quality of Chinese Jujubes

    Hao Wu, Shuhui Wang, Junxiang Zhu, and Dongfeng Wang


    Chinese Dates (Jujubes)—A Developing Industry in Australia

    Rachelle Johnstone, Fucheng Shan, and Alec McCarthy

    Chemical Composition of Chinese Dates (Jujubes) Grown in Turkey

    Bekir Şan, Fatma Yildirim, Adnan Nurhan Yildirim, and Yaşar Karakurt

    Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) Fruits: Their Indigenous Knowledge and Economic Importance in Desert Regions in the East of Iran

    Farhood Golmohammadi

    Chinese Dates (Jujubes): A New Promising Fruit Plant for Romania

    Florin Stănică


    Donghong Liu, PhD, is executive director of the Fuli Institute of Food Science, Zhejiang University, China. Dr. Liu graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and earned her master’s degree (1997) and PhD (2006) from Zhejiang University, China. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers in international journals. She also serves as deputy director of the Non-Thermal Processing Branch of the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology, deputy director of the Processing and Storage and Agricultural Products Branch of the Chinese Society for Agricultural Machinery, and a member of the Branch of Packaging and Machinery, Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology.

    Xingqian Ye, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and deputy dean of the College of Biosystems and Food Science, Zhejiang University, China. Dr. Ye earned his PhD in agriculture products storage and processing from Zhejiang University (formerly Zhejiang Agricultural University) in 1998. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research articles in scientific journals and 10 book chapters. He holds 40 Chinese patents and has delivered a number of invited lectures and presentations in international and national conferences. He also has edited four books and a textbook on fruit and vegetable processing for university courses.

    Yueming Jiang, PhD, is deputy director of the South China Botanic Garden (formerly the South China Institute of Botany), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Jiang also has been appointed as vice-president of the Chinese Society for Plant Physiology, president of the Guangdong Society for Plant Physiology, vice-president of the Guangzhou Association for International Academic Exchange and Cooperation, and scientific advisor to the International Foundation for Science. Dr. Jiang earned his PhD in 1996 from Zhongshan University. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed research papers and 32 book chapters. His research focuses on the postharvest biology and technology of fruits and vegetables, and functional food development from plant natural resource.