perhaps yes, but perhaps no. Taste is quite subjective, and depends on the individual’s taste buds. Just as some people are color-blind and can’t appreciate certain colors, it is likely that the same applies to apples and jujubes.
am sure many here will disagree and totally understand if they do, but speaking for myself-- i actually think apples are sub-par jujubes! Crazy right? More crazy is that the only time i will eat apples is winter, spring, and early summer, since our juju trees are not bearing at those times. Of course i could be biased and missing out, since most of the apples(specialty and common ones) have tried were store-bought, and not locally-grown. Have tried the two most-recommended cultivars: anna and dorsett golden as locally-grown, but pale in comparison to sihong, chico,hj, etc. Had to remove the trees as not even worth the sq. footage they were occupying.
and as for dates, i’d say a sihong date is an equal to the best palm dates out there. But i agree that there are more palm dates that are better than jujube dates. HJ and SC are actually two jujus that i like better as dried dates than as fresh fruit, as the complexity of their respective flavors increases drastically. Quite certain though that they’d be better-quality eaten as fresh fruits when grown outside this oven-dry/oven-hot desert(as this thread evidently speaks volumes!).
if you are a fruit-grower, it would be good to try growing jujus, and as many varieties as you can. Just need to identify those that might bear quality fruits and also productive in your locale. Just like apples and pears, certain juju cultivars will bear lower quality fruits or have poor production in certain regions/climates.
and even if you don’t like the fruits, you could always tap it for business purposes. OGW sells grafted HJ’s at 60$ a pop, and sold-out in no time!