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Taiwan's growers unveil new jujube variety

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan has unveiled another new variety of jujube, which has great potential in the global market, a local breeder said yesterday.

The “Kaohsiung 11,” nicknamed “Honey,” is the fourth variety Taiwan has developed since 2011, said Chiou Chu-ying, a researcher at the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station in southern Taiwan.

Taiwan has been a leader in the cultivation of jujubes since 1992, with the Kaohsiung station alone developing eight varieties since 1996, Chiou told CNA, adding that “Honey” had the greatest potential to become the mainstream variety.

The new variety has an average weight of 150 grams, with some as big as 250 grams. The heat tolerance feature also allows it to enjoy a production period of one month longer than other varieties, according to Chiou.

Its longer shelf life and high-yielding rate also could make the new strain a good choice for exporting overseas, she said.

In addition, Chiou said that the new variety is very juicy and sweet, and it has a similar crunchy texture to that of pears.

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