jujube (Chinese Dates)
Chinese dates will take -30°C and need only a short
growing season to produce a very good crop, rich in Vitamin
C. initially the small fruits taste of apples, but if some
of the fruits are left on the tree until they start to dry
out, the flavour and texture completely changes to that of
dates. This tree also tolerates salt air and can be grown
outdoors anywhere in the UK.
Bananas are very popular at the moment, particularly the
hardy root variety. Unfortunately the hardy variety Basju
will not fruit in this country as it needs to be enormous
before it produces its red fruits, and has to be cut down
to protect it from frost as it is not totally hardy, only
the root section. It is normally grown for ornamental proposes.
However, that is not the case for the dwarf varieties of banana
trees, the most well known of these is the Cavendish this
will produce edible bananas at 5ft (or less) in height. The
plant will fruit well if the suckers that rise up from the
roots are removed as soon as big enough to handle and transplant,
so that all the goodness goes into the fruit production.