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December 2, 2011
4:03 AM

Post #8913412

From the plant I am looking for I know only the fruits (see the middle of the picture). The fruits are smaller and a little bit slimmer than apples. The end where the flower has been is round (like a tomato). The fruit inside has a consistence like a firm pear. The flavor is fresh and sweet like an apple or a pear. In the middle there is no stone but a kind of small carpel which I unfortunately did not examine further.

As I was told by a Thai woman the name should be "phut saa". When looking up this name in Google I found only the translation "jujube" (Ziziphus spec.). Both species of that genus I know of (Chinese Jujube, Z. jujuba, and Indian Jujube, Z. mauritiana) have fruits which are very different from the fruits I have photographed and eaten.

The fruits have been sold in november in many places in the north-east part of Thailand. Can anybody help me?

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December 10, 2011
4:06 AM

Post #8923553

I know these too but can't help.


Fairfax, VA
(Zone 7a)

December 19, 2011
8:52 PM

Post #8936448

Compare your picture with that in the Khmer Online Dictionary -- the fruit looks similar and the Cambodians are identifying it as Z. mauritania. (Scroll down and click on the jujube listing -- I can't link to it directly from Dave's Garden).

Maybe these are just the regional version of Z. mauritania? I know Z. jujuba varies enormously between different cultivars; perhaps that's also true of the Indian jujube.
Virginia Beach, VA

December 20, 2011
5:43 AM

Post #8936715

As I was looking at the pictures on the link my mouth was watering!! lOL!! I ate lots of Thai fruits especially bought from the floating market. i wish i could go back!! So What had you decided it is?


December 21, 2011
9:41 PM

Post #8938947

To me it looks like Spondias purpurea; the fruit is green at first, but turns reddish the more ripe it gets.
Try this link:
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 21, 2011
9:47 PM

Post #8938952

They look very similar to Indian Jujube (mauritiana).
Virginia Beach, VA

December 22, 2011
3:21 AM

Post #8939044


I tend to agree with your guess.i wish I can buy them here.

San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 22, 2011
7:36 AM

Post #8939212

I grew them here in Texas for a bit but they are not very cold hardy.
You can grow the Chinese Jujube in your area. Sugarcane Jujube would be a good purchase for you. It is smaller in size but very sweet.
zones 10 to 11
United States

December 6, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9351760

I knoe Echo community carries them seeds... they are at south Florida... think it's $6 for a packet or so... they did germinate when I bought them last year. But there is 1 type that don't have thorns... not the 1 at Echo
(Zone 9a)

December 14, 2012
5:10 AM

Post #9357877

Comparatively thorn-less it can grow to zone 8 and just now growing in zone 9.

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