Varieties

There are over 400 named varieties of Jujube although the vast majority of these are only available within their native China. Below is a list of varieties known and documented in the West. In Australia we have access to only a fraction of these. In our own orchard we have Li, Thornless, Chico, Sui Men and Ta-jan varieties.

Li is one of the largest varieties of jujube fruit

Li

Probably the most widely known and also one of the largest fruits of all Jujube varieties. See the gallery for some more pictures of these. Li is an early season variety starting in late February in the southern hemisphere (August in the north). One of the best fresh-eating varieties but also dries pretty well. Crisp and juicy once the fruit turns from green to pale yellow becoming progressively sweeter as the red blotches appear. Less acidic than some other varieties.

Lang

Probably the second most well known variety but not widely available in Australia. Fruit is large with a distinct pear-shape, This is a late season variety which dries extremely well. It is also good eaten fresh but as the acidity level is higher than Li it needs to enter the mostly-red stage before it achieves the perfect state for eating.

Chico and Li varieties of Jujube fruit

Chico

One of my personal favorites as a fresh fruit - a distinct apple taste with a nice tang. The fruit is almost round and smaller than the other varieties at around 3-4cm diameter. If you like crisp and tangy apples you'll love these. Bite size so they are a good snack food. Also dries well.

Thornless

Unsurprisingly this is cultivar has few thorns. The fruit is similar to Lang - i.e. Large fruit which is oval or pear-shaped, turning a deep red when fully ripe. Excellent drying variety but also tastes good when eaten fresh.

Ta Jan

Similar to Lang but slightly smaller. Long, oval shaped fruit. Mid-late season variety. Very good dried. More acidic than Li producing a nice tang when eaten fresh.

Sui Men and Chico varieties of jujube fruit

Sui Men

An elongated, almost oblong shaped fruit. Smaller than many others but just as tasty. Mid-season ripening so you'll see these in mid-late autumn. These are a late addition to our stock so we're still learning about them. Too early to say whether we'll have any of these available for sale this year.

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