We heard the rumors of a fruit tree that is said to be very resilient; far more durable than most edibles. Its confidence is said to be that of a fruit tree that taunts, “Bring it on!” to our South Georgia heat. It is whispered across the land that this fruit tree tastes much like an apple, yet takes only a fraction of the care. This fruit tree of legendary mystery is the Jujube. While Jujube is a relatively new introduction to many Americans, it has been grown in China and across Asia for its delicious fruit for over 4000 years.
Premium Jujube cultivars have been introduced to the United States over the past 100 years, yet have been overlooked in the mainstream of edibles until the last 10-20 years. The Jujube is gaining momentum in American home and commercial edibles cultivation. Because of their flavor, many premium fruit juice companies are starting to use them as major fillers in apple-cranberry, apple-grape or similar blends. We won’t mention names, but just read the labels, you might be surprised. Many Americans have been drinking Jujube juice for several years now without even realizing it.
Jujubes have proven to be one of the most hardy and versatile fruit trees available. The two main cultivars of Jujube we currently grow are 'Sugar Cane' and 'Li.' Our stock, as of the publishing date of this article, includes some that are rooted to ten-gallon containers, as well as some more newly potted bare root material. We look forward to adding the 'Honey Jar' variety to our available selections in the fall season of 2016. Adopt one of these timeless edibles for your own landscape, and find out why this is also one of our great “Ideas that Grow.”
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