Jujube is a tropical fruit resembling and tasting rather like small apples. The jujube fruits are eaten fresh, just like apples.
There are different varieties of jujube with different sizes and shapes (round, oval) and a variation in color (yellow, green).
Basic information and facts
Probably originates from southern Asia or China.
Jujube is grown in many tropical and subtropical countries in a wide range of weather conditions.
Evergreen or deciduous:
It’s a deciduous tree.
Fruits look and taste a bit like apples but are smaller. Depending on the variety fruits can have the size of a cherry or even a big bigger than a plum. Inside is single hard seed.
Climate and weather:
Grows in a wide range of weather conditions, but prefers sunny warm weather.
A small tree up to about 12 meters tall.
Spacing (close range)
Spacing (wide range)
Jujube can be grown from seed but there will be a lot of variation in quality so usually they are grafted or budded to maintain good quality fruits.
Not many insect problems.
Not many disease problems.
Fruits don’t develop at the same time, so the crop can be harvested over a longer period of a few weeks.
Fruits are picked by hand when they are ripe. Unripe fruits should not be picked as they do not get ripe afterwards.
Eat jujube fresh as a snack or dessert. It is similar to apple and can be eaten with the skin. Inside is a big hard seed.
Proverbs and Quotes
- I have tied my goat to a jujube tree. (i.e. She won’t have any trouble getting something to eat.)
- The good men seem to be like coconuts. (Tough on the outside but soft inside). Others are like the jujube fruit. (Beautiful only on the outside but sour inside).