The benefits of Chinese Red Dates are many and can include insomnia and blood deficiency.
Red dates, known as hongzao in China are known as the “king of nuts” for their super nutritional value. Dried Chinese red dates are soft and moist with a sweet smell.
Heralded as a superfood, red dates are often present in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) prescriptions and brewed herbal tonics. Local Chinese kitchens frequently use red dates to cook with porridge, soups, desserts and even decorate buns.
Chinese red dates have 70- 80 times higher levels of Vitamin C, and the Red dates also contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium.
Making red dates great for people suffering and recovering from serious health conditions.
In particular, red dates help to stimulate the production of white blood cells – which improves immunity and protects the liver.
It is also believed that the dates suppress cancer-causing cells and reduce cholesterol.
In all ancient traditional Chinese herbal text books, red dates are always mentioned for strengthening the spleen and stomach Qi (energy) – which in turns helps to digest food, tonify blood and tranquilize the mind.
This simple Chinese red date recipe you can do at home, plus this Red Dates & Dried Longan Tea (to improve blood circulation, digestion and overall health) & Red Dates, Longan & Goji Berry (to warm the ‘womb’ for fertility and overall well-being)
And this sweet “soup” which has been a household favorite for many Chinese families for many generations or hundreds of years. 红枣桂圆鸡蛋红糖水是中国南方最普通的糖水，滋润，补血，特别适合小孩和妈妈们。
It’s best to slow stew the dry dates with raw sugar – (Note: Chinese Red dates and longan tea is a one of the most common confinement drinks. Dried longan is ‘warm’ and extremely beneficial to the heart and kidneys. Combined with the superpower of red dates in nourishing the blood, this drink is brewed to revitalize overall body and health wellbeing).
This recipe for Chinese Red Dates mixed with red tea will have you making it every day:
Boil red dates with dried longan, brown sugar and pandan leaves for 5-10 minutes, next add to a teapot brew of 2 teaspoon of Yunnan red tea, mix and enjoy, keep drinking and top up teapot with boiled water until there is no more taste.