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Red dates, or hongzao, is the typical traditional Chinese dried fruit that I hated as a kid but have grown to love as an adult. My mom always wheedled me into drinking tea made from a combination of red dates, ginger, and egg (yes, tea with egg..) by extolling the benefits of strengthening the heart and lungs (qi, or internal energy) and increasing oxygen/blood flow to the brain (plus restoring blood for the menstruating half of the population). She also told me that eating chicken legs would help me jump higher, and that finishing all my veggies would help my hair grow longer/faster, but hey: it worked (to make me finish everything on my plate, that is).

Scientifically, however, red dates have indeed been shown to have many health benefits due to high levels of vitamin A, B1, B2, C, protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. Many Chinese women also drink red date tea after the special time of the month because it contains plenty of iron to help replenish and nourish the body. It's also known to produce youthful skin, lower cholesterol levels, boost immune system functions, and even suppress cancer-causing cells.

My mom recently sent me home with a full bag of red dates since I'd been complaining about, you know, that time of the month, so here's a tutorial to share her wisdom with other college kids who need some actual nutrition between all the fried or frozen foods consumed:

Step 1: Materials

This was enough to make about 1.5 liters of tea.

Food ingredients:

  • 2-4 thick slices of ginger (more or less depending on your ginger tolerance)
  • 1.5 arbitrary handful of red dates (pitted)
  • 2 eggs
  • pinches of salt
  • pinches of sugar (my mom told me not to use honey, but had no explanation for why... just said that plain brown sugar was best for aiding blood flow)
  • water

Cooking materials:

  • one pot (yes, this is a tea that's boiled in a pot like soup)
  • bowls for rinsing
  • ceramic/glass container(s) to contain tea immediately after finished (don't just let it sit in your metal pots! It's not as good, as the taste will degrade faster according to my mom)
GloWryaC1 month ago
nice article. now I know there are many benefits from dates.
Dates also can reduce inflammation mediators. check here: inflammation/
thanks for sharing!
emunahmakes3 years ago
Yay can't wait to try this! I'm in a 300 hour yoga teacher training program/studying Ayurveda, I love learning about natural/alternative-to-Western-medicine remedies. Watchmeflyy, your awesomeness knows no bounds, many thanks to you!
watchmeflyy (author)  emunahmakes3 years ago

I'm happy to hear that you like my tutorials! Have fun with this recipe. :)

watchmeflyy (author)  emunahmakes3 years ago

I'm happy to hear that you like my tutorials! Have fun with this recipe. :)