Jujube - Li fruit
Cultivated in China for more than 4000 years, the Jujube is highly esteemed there, and more recently, around the world. The fruit has a pleasant sweet taste and the texture and flavour resembles more an apple but is also reminiscent of dates. The fruit varies in size depending on the cultivar with a thin, edible, dark red skin surrounding a crisp white flesh. They can be processed in various ways - eaten fresh, dried, candied, or made into jam, pulp and wine.
Jujubes are an extremely hardy, deciduous tree growing between 5-10m. They tolerate drought, saline soils and cool winters which make it a highly adaptable crop well suited to a range of climatic conditions. Great for inland and southern mainland Australia. Most cultivars are self-fertile, but some like cross-pollination, and any problems with fruit set can be remedied using cincturing, light summer tip-pruning or foliar sprays of Boron and ensuring bees are present. Fruit quality improves with the age of the tree. Jujubes prefer good drainage and hot conditions for sweetening the fruit but are best when irrigated. Root suckers must be controlled
Other Names: red date, Chinese date, Korean date, or Indian date