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  • From: "MARIE ASHTON" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] jujubes
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 10:21:13 -0500

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 favorite).
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" <>
To: "'North American Fruit Explorers'" <>
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-----
[] 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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