Jackfruit ( Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a tropical tree native to western India that has been cultivated in Florida for more than a century. But now, with superior varieties available and growing techniques updated, it’s time to take advantage of its potential for production.
Jackfruit makes a handsome tree with fruit weighing up to 70 pounds each. This can sound overwhelming — using a 70-pound fruit is a challenge. But some of the new varieties offer a more manageable size of 2 to 15 pounds.
Jackfruit development has been part of Fairchild’s Tropical Fruit Program since 1987. Working with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida, we’ve focused our research on the introduction and evaluation of cultivars from tropical Asia and the distribution of superior cultivars for use in tropical America.As a result, superior cultivars are now available. Modern propagation and growing techniques have been developed
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