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Jackfruit

Artocarpus heterophyllus

a.k.a. Jakfruit

The largest tree borne fruit in the world, jackfruits can sometimes weigh over 75 lbs. Average sized fruits are 1-2 feet long, and 9-12" wide. Skin is green-yellow, with small spiky knobs, flesh is custard yellow with a banana-like flavor. Fruits may sometimes emit a foul smelling odor emanating from the skin. Jackfruits are extremely popular throughout southeast Asia.

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Description

A very large tree growing to 90+ feet in ideal conditions. The trunk, branches, and leaves contain a gummy latex.

Hardiness

The jackfruit is mildly hardy, surviving short frosts and temperatures to 28F for brief periods. Young trees will be killed by any frost.

Growing Environment

Grow in a warm location, with well drained soil. Jackfruit's cannot stand drought, so water frequently throughout the year, except when cold.

Propagation

Usually by seed which germinate in 1-8 weeks. Air-layering and grafting is done to propagate some named varieties. Transplant seedlings after a few leaves have sprouted as the jackfruit has a long tap root that is easily damaged.

Uses

Fruits are often sliced and sold raw in parts of southeast Asia. The seeds can be boiled or roasted and are said to taste like chestnuts.

Native Range

Native to rain forests of India and southeast Asia.

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