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VSC: Could Jujube Be a Fruit Tree for the Southeast?

Producers in the Southeast are always keeping an eye out for the next new crop they might be able to incorporate into their farms. In recent years we have heard a lot about satsumas and olives here as well as commercial production of pomegranates. Here is a story from Vegetable and Specialty Crop News on the jujube, a new fruit that has potential for growth in the Southeast especially if newer cultivars can be made more disease-resistant. Their ability to grow in rainfall as low as 200 mm per year ( about 8 inches per year) could make them a great crop in times when water is in short supply. You can read more at

Tigertooth jujubes turn yellow and then brown as they ripen. The dark fruits are the sweetest, with a texture of a soft apple. They are easily harvested at this stage. Future efforts may focus on increasing synchronous ripening.