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NMSU fruit specialist hosts jujube trees workshop at Alcalde

ALCALDE, N.M. - A free workshop on the specialty fruit jujube, or Chinese date, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 19, at New Mexico State University's Sustainable Agriculture Science Center in Alcalde.

Jujube, which has been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years, is an alternative crop that is becoming popular with farmers' market customers. The late-blooming tree is drought tolerant and adapted to high pH soil, which together make it ideal for the northern New Mexico climate.

"Several fruit growers are presently growing jujube trees in the region. Others are showing an interest in starting the trees," said Shengrui Yao, Extension fruit specialist at Alcalde. "We will discuss some unique characteristics of jujube trees and have a basic pruning demonstration on the 15 trees in the Alcalde orchard."

For more information about the workshop, call Yao at (505) 852-2668.