Latin Name: Artocarpus heterophyllus
Common Names: jackfruit
Growth Structure: Large tree, up to 80 ft in right conditions but can be pruned
Light Requirement: Full sun
Water Requirement: *** (Do not flood roots)
Description: A jackfruit is unmistakable. Found all over humid areas of south Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America, jackfruit has a very thick, rubbery rind with short blunt spikes and up to 500 seeds. The average fruit is around 35 pounds, and all but the rind and core of the fruit is edible. It is a multiple fruit composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and the fleshy petals (aril) of the unripe fruit are eaten.The ripe fruit is sweet and is more often used for desserts but is also used as a meat substitute given its texture. Growing jackfruit trees are extremely sensitive to frost and cannot abide drought. They flourish in rich, deep and somewhat porous soil. They enjoy a constant source of moisture though they cannot tolerate wet roots and will cease to bear fruit or even die if kept too wet.