Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit Tree)

Taxonomy

Kingdom:
Plantae
Division:
Angiospermae
Class:
Magnoliopsida
Order:
Rosales
Family:
Moraceae
Genus:
Artocarpus
Species :
A. heterophyllus
Height:
26 - 65 Feet
Leaf Size:
10 - 20 cm
Leaf Type:
Ovate

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Native Area: West and South West India

Requirement

Soil: Rich, Deep soil of medium or open texture

Sunlight: Full sun

Utility

Medicinal: Used to treat fever, boils, wounds and skin diseases.

Flowers: -

Fruit: The sweet flesh is consumed directly after separation from the seeds. Ripe jackfruit arils are sometimes seeded, fried or freeze-dried and eaten as jackfruit chips. Seeds are used as snacks either by boiling or fire roasted, used to make desserts.

Importance

Religious: -

Cultural: It is one of the three auspicious fruits of Tamil Nadu, along with the mango and banana, known as the mukkani . These are referred to as ma-pala-vaazhai (mango-jack-banana). It is also the state fruit of the Indian state of Kerala.