Fall gleaning procures unique, unusual fruit: the jujube


ATH Fall gleaning yields unique, unusual fruit:
the jujube

Have you ever tried a jujube? The taste is a cross between an apple and a date.

Farm fresh apples abound this fall as our volunteers have been hard at work gleaning from local orchards. In September alone, 18 field gleanings yielded nearly 8,000 pounds of fresh produce for our hungry neighbors. Market and farm salvages brought in another 8,000 pounds while our local distributor partners contributed another 2,000 pounds.

One of the most unique and unusual varieties of produce harvested this year came in the form of jujubes from the 18th and Broadway garden.

“Wrinkly red fruits covered the ground so we got to work collecting them,” Clay Jarratt said. “They can be eaten fresh or dried, and their taste is somewhat reminiscent of a date or dried apples.”

Clay also noted that ATH is looking for volunteers to fill upcoming gleaning opportunities, as school being back in session has made it difficult to find enough helping hands.

Check out our Gleaning Sign-Up Calendar upcoming volunteer opportunities!