Farmers sort newly-collected red dates in Ruoqiang County, Mongolian Autonomous Prefecture of Bayingolin, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Oct. 23, 2017. More than 15,300 hectares of red dates had a great harvest in Ruoqiang…Full Article: The Global Times Oct 2017

Key Point

  • Ruoqiang County is located in eastern Xinjiang Region and borders Gansu Province, Qinghai Province, and Tibet.

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  • The Chinese jujube (aka Chinese date or Zizyphus jujube) is a black/red fruit that is consumed fresh or in processed form (e.g. candied, canned, or dried). Jujube production primarily occurs the provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Sichuan, Guizhou, as well as Xinjiang Region. As of 2013, China annually harvested approximately 5 million MTs of jujubes.
  • In October 2014, Chinese researchers at Hebei Agricultural University completed the genome sequencing of the Chinese jujube tree.
  • In 2012, Xinjiang Region accounted for just under 30% of China’s total jujube cultivation area.

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