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Artocarpus heterophyllus - Jackfruit Tree

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  • The Artocarpus is an evergreen subtropical tree from Asia, producing one of the largest fruits in the world. It is widely cultivated in India. Although it is not at all frost hardy, it can withstand low temperatures down to 2-5C. Therefore, it can be overwintered in an unheated greenhouse or conservatory. Its simple leaves are ornamental, dark green with a pointed end. The Jackfruit Tree only flowers when it has reached full maturity and is several meters in height. However, its foliage makes a good ornamental plant which can be kept on the patio in the Summer and frost free in Winter. The fruits have a strong, fruity aroma due to the flesh tasting like the combination of juicy pineapple and apricot surrounding the seeds. The seeds and flesh are the edible part of the plant and there are normally hundreds of them in one single fruit. The boiled seeds are also edible.



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