Jujubes (Ziziphus jujuba or Z. mauritana, Chinese jujube, or Chinese date, of the family Rhamnaceae) are native to the Mediterranean area. The fruit is small, mealy, deep yellow, and borne in clusters. It is used in sweet pickles, stews, preserves, and confections. It is sometimes called lotus in Greek mythology, not to be confused with the sacred lotus, an aquatic plant, Nelumbo nucifera or Nel-umbian nuciferum, grown in India and China. In Homer's Odyssey, lotus probably refers to Z. jujuba, but it should be called a pseudocereal or pseudobeverage rather than a fruit (2).

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