Fruits in Beijing

bhawkins(8A Dallas)November 5, 2013

I was in Beijing for a few days. All the street markets were selling fresh jujube's. They looked like Li's; most were half brown, inside was all green (unlike those I grow, which are partially green when ripe). Taste had a little acid, like a Granny Smith apple, they were very good.

Most of the persimmons in the street markets were Tamopan's. I had one, it was very good, on a par with my Giombo's (unlike the Tamopan's Ivve had in Texas, which are good but not exceptional). There were also Fuyu types. Persimmons were everywhere, but there were more apples than persimmons.

I went to an upscale place for Peking Duck; there were Ume Plums, Umeboshi, on the bar counter. For desert everyone received a complementary dozen fresh jujube's served on ice.

Driving through the countryside there were many orchards; tour driver said they were peaches & apples; appeared to be grown like here, 10-15 ft spacing, 10-15 ft tall.

I also went to Korea & saw a jujube farm & pear farm; I'll post some info when I find the pictures

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Did you have any trouble with customs upon return?

    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 9:37PM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

Picture is from a street market. I didn't try to bring any fruit with me through customs.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 1:13AM
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They ask if you've been on a farm, near livestock, that sort of thing.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 1:35AM
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bhawkins(8A Dallas)

No, no problems. I don't remember those questions.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 4:32AM
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Sounds like you had a nice trip. I was in China a few years ago and discovered the wonderful pitaya (dragon fruit). Our hotel had an array of self-self breakfast foods to cater to different nationalities. I was able to try both the hot pink and white varieties. I couldn't believe it wasn't dyed!

I envy those in warm regions that can grow these at home.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 8:55PM
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