Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Jackfruit

Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus) is widely grown in South and Southeast Asia. It is also grown in parts of central and eastern Africa, Brazil, and Suriname. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Indonesia.

The trees grow and fruit well in Miami but can be wiped out if there are prolonged intense cold fronts when the temperatures stay below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (about 4.5 degree Celsius.) The fruits can reach 80 lbs (36 kg) in weight and up to 35 in (90 cm) long and 20 in (50 cm) in diameter. The jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world.

Jackfruit

2 comments:

Jilly said...

Wow, what extraordinary fruit. I wonder what it tastes like? Super photograph.

Jilly

Ms. Calabaza said...

I've never seen one. Wonder how you eat that fruit. Do you make it into a jam? Anyways, just wanted to let you know I love your blog. It's very original and so tastefully done. I thought the portrait of your friend the painter was very sweet.