Kaohsiung City promotes jujubes at agricultural fair


KAOSHIUNG — Fresh Chinese dates are being promoted at an agricultural fair that was held in Kaohsiung City on Saturday to help boost sales of the fruit.

The cold front that hit Taiwan during the Lunar New Year holiday has delayed the harvest season of the sweet dates, which are also known as jujubes or honey dates, said the Kaohsiung City Agricultural Bureau.

About 20 percent of the Chinese date crop will be harvested in February and March, the bureau said. Consumers can expect better quality jujubes at a lower price compared with last month, it added.

Kaohsiung, the major jujube growing area in Taiwan, will produce more than 13,000 metric tons of the fruit this year, recording an increase of 30 to 40 percent compared with last year, the bureau said.