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.

About JackFruit

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.
JackFruit Care
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.

Sunlight Full sun
Watering Moderately
Soil Rich, deep and somewhat porous soil.
Temperature 25 to 35 degree C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer.
Harvest Season Summer

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.
JackFruit Uses
Medicinal Use:

  • The ripe fruit is a valuable source of carbohydrates with a lesser amount of calcium and phosphate

Culinary Use:

  • The pulp of the ripe fruit is eaten fresh or in syrup
  • Immature fruit is used for culinary purpose


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