Last Updated on May 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Chinese Red Dates Pear Elixir
This herbal fruit tea is full of health benefits to protect you from winter colds.
Chinese New Year is coming up next week, so let’s explore one of the most popular drinks that help keep the Chinese healthy in the cold winter season. We all want to stay healthy in all seasons right!
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The mountainous regions of northern China get very cold. In most of these Mongolian regions, it hardly ever gets above 40 F. During the winter months, the temperatures are consistently below 0.
One way the people of China stay healthy in these continuous cold temperatures is to drink lots of Chinese Red Dates Pear Elixir. Throughout China, Red Dates Tea or Elixir is consumed for protection against colds and coughs.
Chinese Red Dates
Chinese Dried Red Dates are very different than Mejdool Dates or other sweet dates. They have a bright red color and have a more sour taste.
They come in different sizes. The 1” size was used to make this elixir.
Chinese Red Dates, also known as jujube, have a very high Vitamin C content. This Vitamin C offers protection against the common cold. Jujube also has many other health benefits.
Jujube Health Benefits
- Regulates Blood Pressure
- Regulates Blood Circulation
- Improves Bone Strength
- Prevents Insomnia
- Helps to Relieve Constipation
- Relieves Anxiety
Asian Pear is also used in this elixir. There are two types of Asian pear. There is a white pear, which is smaller in size. I used the golden pear, which is very large, about the size of a grapefruit.
Pears are a natural expectorant and helps with throat ailments.
Goji Berries are another Chinese superfood also sometimes included in the elixir, although I did not utilize them in this version. However, feel free to add ¼ cup of goji berries when making the elixir, as you prefer.
From Shanghai to Beijing to Hong Kong, Red Dates Pear Elixir is one of the most common drinks sold in the streets to keep everyone warm and healthy! They are sold in plastic cups to warm your hands while you enjoy this health tonic.
In Hong Kong, the jujube and pear is boiled down to a molasses like consistency called Qiuligao. Qiuligao is then diluted with boiling water to make the herbal elixir.
This ancient recipe dates back to the Tang Dynasty, where they already knew the health benefits of red dates and pear.
Drink a cup of this tea daily to boost your immune system!
It is so simple to make. You just boil a few ingredients together.
You can then enjoy it with the fruit or strain it, as you prefer.
Chinese Red Dates Pear Elixir
- 10 red dates
- 1 Asian pear cored and sliced
- few slices of ginger
- 8 cups water
- 2 1/2 tablespoons rock sugar
- 1/4 cup goji berries optional
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil and cook on medium heat for 45 minutes.
- Serve with some of the fruit as desired or strain and serve just the elixir.
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