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How to Grow Jackfruit

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a unique tropical fruit with a distinct musky smell and deliciously sweet taste that can grow to enormous size
  • Jackfruit has gained popularity in vegan and vegetarian circles as a meat substitute. After about one hour of cooking, unripened jackfruit starts to resemble the flavor and mouth-feel of pulled pork
  • If you live in an area with a year-round humid, tropical climate you can grow jackfruit outdoors. If you’re above growth zone 10, you’ll need to grow your jackfruit tree indoors, in which case it may not bear fruit
  • Seeds will typically germinate in three to eight weeks. Ideally, use a slightly oversized pot right from the start to avoid early transplantation, as the plant has a delicate taproot that is easily damaged
  • Jackfruit contains lignans and saponins, beneficial phytonutrients with anticancer properties. Lignans help block the effects of estrogen, while saponins optimize immune function and reduce the risk of heart disease

Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a unique tropical fruit with a distinct musky smell and deliciously sweet taste. Jackfruit can grow to enormous sizes with specimens measuring between 4 and 24 inches in length and 10 to 30 inches in diameter. Weighing between 10 and 100 pounds, it's the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.


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