Jack Fruit, Kathal, Artocarpus Heterophyllus
Jackfruit Bear fruit in the summer season. Fruits are nutrient-rich, aromatic, and flavour that summons thoughts of sunny climates.
Jackfruit or Kathal (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a plant which probably originated from the Western Ghats in India. The jackfruit tree is a tropical perennial fruit tree. This has flowers that are borne on short branches extending from the trunk and older branches.
This otherworldly looking oddity has a very thick, rubbery rind with short blunt spikes and up to 500 seeds. The average fruit is around 35 pounds. All parts of the jack-fruit tree produce opalescent, sticky latex and the tree has a very long tap-root.
|Common Name||Fanas, Jackfruit, Kathal|
|Maximum Reachable Height||Up to 80 feet|
|Flower Colour||Pale green|
|Bloom Time||Early Summer|
|Difficulty Level||Easy to grow|
Planting And Care
Jackfruit care dictates the removal of deadwood and thinning of the growing jackfruit tree.
Pruning to keep the jackfruit at about 15 feet high will also facilitate harvesting.
Keep the tree roots damp but not wet.
Apply the organic fertilizer in the spring season.
Planting is usually done in the month of July-August in rainfed areas and during February-March in irrigated areas. Planting spacing should be 10 X 10 m. Dig pits of 1 m x 1 m x 1 m. Fill in with topsoil mixed with 10 kg of FYM.
|Soil||Rich, deep and somewhat porous soil.|
|Temperature||25 to 35 degree C|
|Fertilizer||Apply any organic fertilizer.|
JackFruit Special Feature
Fruit shaped like an enormous kidney bean, they have pebbled and rough green skin, and their flavour is indescribable. They are sweet and mild and best served cold.
- The ripe fruit is a valuable source of carbohydrates with a lesser amount of calcium and phosphate
- The pulp of the ripe fruit is eaten fresh or in syrup
- Immature fruit is used for culinary purpose
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