Friday, September 24, 2010

Ziziphus jujube, Chinese or red Date....ripe now in the Asian Collections

The fruits look like dates and when they begin to go soft, rot?, they taste a bit like dates. This tree is just behind the Acer griseum along the road at the main entrance to Asian Valley. We are about as far north as it can grow but there are a number of good-sized trees around the city. The fruits are definitely tasty. Where the tree is grown for fruit, from the Middle East to China, it's used in many ways; it's candied and confected, used medicinally, made into wine (China), and even used in teas.

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