Jack Fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) for your Edible Garden in Florida
Common name is Jackfruit and the scientific name is Artocarpus heterophyllus. It is the national fruit for the countries of Bangladesh and Indonesia. Many Asians in Florida plant the tree in their edible garden.
We met a Vietnamese friend living in Sarasota Florida that has this ten year old jack fruit tree which he planted when he bought the house. The biggest fruit he had harvested weighed 50 pounds, and the smallest weighed 30.
He also showed us several about twenty feet of the ground, but the branches made it hard to get a good pictureof them.
In Malaysia and Indonesia they call it Nangka. Jackfruit trees like tropical temperature and will damaged by cold weather when the tree is young. It has the biggest edible fruit of all trees. If the leaves or branches are broken, milky colored latex will flow down. The size of the oval shape dark green leave is about 4 inches width by 6 inches long. The tree may grow up to 30 – 50 feet tall.
Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) - Nutrition and Health Benefits
Jackfruit may take three to four month to ripe. The fruit has pointed and rough skin. To avoid the sticky latex on the knife and your hand, you may rub them with oil before cutting it.
There are a variety of Jackfruits some flesh are crunchy, moist and others are soft.
The delicious fruit tastes somewhat like a sweet starchy melon in yellowish to oranges color. It is a natural source of carbohydrate and sugar to boost your energy without cholesterol and fats. It is rich in vitamin C & B, potassium and fiber.
Jackfruit – How to Eat
You may eat the flesh as a snack.
Bake, boil or roast the seeds and enjoy the nuts.
Make smoothies, ice cream, custards, and dried fruits or deep fried with batter.
Benefits of Jackfruit Tree in your Edible Garden
Make your yard look nice.
Harvest fresh organic fruits from the tree.
Save money from grocery stores
The tree provides shade to reduce your electric bill.
Share your produce with your friends and neighbors.
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