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Artocarpus heterophyllus


Rosales; Moraceae; Artocarpus; A. heterophyllus Lam. "The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as jack tree, is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family (Moraceae). Its origin is in the region between the Western Ghats of southern India, all of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the rainforests of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia."


This Jackfruit is in our front Garden and is approx. 15 to 16 years old. Although this is a cultivated specimen, the species is endemic here originating from the Philippine rainforests as explained by Wikipedia.


The statistics re. the size and weight of the fruits given in Wikipedia are not exaggerated. Everyone in the Philippines is familiar with Jackfruit. It is a common, but delicious delicacy. For those who do do not live in the tropics where this grows, you might be interested to know that it can take 2 men to harvest a single fruit, one to cut the stem with a very sharp machete and the other to support the fruit. Then if it is a truly large fruit, a wheelbarrow is useful to transport one fruit from the garden to the kitchen.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 31, 2021
Submitted on Jun 8, 2022

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