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NMSU to host jujube fruit tree growing habits, pruning workshop in Alcalde March 20

ALCALDE – Interest in raising jujube as an alternative fruit crop continues to grow among New Mexicans because of crop reliability and its ability to adapt well to a wide range of soil pH levels and weather conditions.

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Shengrui Yao, New Mexico State University Extension fruit specialist, demonstrates how to prune a jujube fruit tree. She will host a workshop on the growing habits of jujube fruit trees that will include a pruning demonstration at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 20. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

To help home gardeners and potential commercial growers better understand this fruit-bearing tree of Chinese origin, New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences will host a workshop on the growing habits of the tree, followed by a pruning demonstration.

The workshop will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 20, at NMSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Science Center at Alcalde.

“Our sunny and semi-arid weather makes the jujube fruit quality excellent,” said Shengrui Yao, NMSU Extension fruit specialist. “Jujube fruit is very nutritious, with a vitamin C content of 200 to 600 mg per 100 grams of fresh fruit weight, which is four to 10 times higher than oranges.”

Jujube trees leaf and bud out four to six weeks later than most fruit tree species, which allows them to avoid the late frosts.

“With their late season start-up, wide adaptation, nutritional facts and mild flavor, jujubes are a perfect alternative fruit in New Mexico,” Yao said.

For registration, please call Amanda or Elena at 505-852-4241.