Common Name Jackfruit Tree
Botanical Name Artocarpus heterophyllus
Local Name
Native/Non Native Native
Origin Native to the Western Ghats
Location at Holy Family Church Jesuit residence, Ashankur slope

(These photographs are authentic captures from the Holy Family Church campus, portraying the scenic splendour of the place.)

The Jackfruit tree is a perennial tree that grows between 30 to 70 feet tall.

Each tree can live up to 100 years but can produce fruit for only 30 to 60 years. The tree bears its first fruit 3 to 8 years after seed germination. A mature tree can produce around 100+ fruits a year.

The jackfruit is the largest of all tree-borne fruits, with some fruits growing upto 3 feet in length and 2 feet wide, weighing anywhere between 10-50 kgs.

The fruits ripen in various seasons depending on the latitude of the area. They grow best at a latitude of 25 degrees above or below the equator.

Jackfruits are a good source of vitamins A and B which helps improve vision and lessens the risk of cataracts. They are also rich in healthy fats which improves brain development in babies.

Jackfruit is known as the "Poor man's fruit of India" as it is consumed extensively by the economically weak sections. The leaves, fruits and fruit leftovers are used as a valuable alternative to regular food provided to livestocks.

All parts of the tree contain a sticky, white latex that is used as an adhesive.

The wood of the tree is used for construction purposes, and to create furniture, fish sauce barrels and Carnatic musical instruments like the Kanjira, Mridangam and Bobbili and Saraswati Veenas.

IMPORTANT: The information on this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference books. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Readers should always consult their physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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