[NAFEX] jujubes

MARIE ASHTON bwoodtx at verizon.net
Wed Sep 28 11:21:13 EDT 2005

We have only one of the jujubes that the Chinese consider good for fresh 
eating, and that is "Honey Jar" variety (small, sweet, thin skinned and 
juicy also bears early) . But there is one that was developed at the plant 
introduction station at Chico, California (now closed). It is called "Chico" 
(or GI 7-62) and has a flat bottom like a pumpkin that is good for fresh 
eating (medium size, sweet with acid taste like an apple, many people's 
There are others like "Sugar Cane" that are all purpose Jujubes.
I orignally asked the question to get other people's opinions as everyone's 
tastes are not the same.
Richard Ashton
Brownwood, Texas

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Sadler" <Docshiva at Docshiva.org>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 6:13 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] jujubes

> My experience is that when left on the tree until the begin to brown they
> are like an apple/date combination, a very pleasant fruit.  Store-bought
> ones have been flat tasting, less sugar and less acid, no richness - I 
> would
> guess due to storage.  The fruit I have tasted fresh was from trees 
> planted
> primarily for landscape, probably Lang and Li.  I understand there are 
> some
> much better tasting varieties available.
> I've also had dried, which were pleasant.  I suspect you get the best 
> flavor
> profile fresh, then as they age they lose flavor, but drying concentrates
> what's left.
> In spite of the price, I may buy a small handful from the Coop.  They were
> somewhat larger fruit than I've seen before, although still small, and
> pear-shaped.  I suspect them to be a better-flavored variety.
> Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
> USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8,
> Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mark and Piper
> Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2005 5:58 AM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] rotten or fermented fruit
> I found fresh jujube for sale at an asian grocery store in Seattle for 
> $2.60
> per pound.  I had never eaten these before, so I bought a bag.  Not what I
> expected.  They are a little crisp, not much juice with almost no flavor.
> Pleasant, but not very exciting.  They are slowly turning from light 
> yellow
> to brown, and I think they are improving.  Maybe they need to get brown 
> all
> over before I will like them.  Is this the typical fresh jujube 
> experience,
> or did I get a bad batch?
> -Mark Lee, Seattle
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