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Artocarpus heterophyllus, Jackfruit | by Museum of Life + Science
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Artocarpus heterophyllus, Jackfruit

The Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) produces the world's largest tree-borne fruit, weighing up to 80 lbs and 3 feet long! The separate male and female flowers are borne on the trunk, with the male above and female below. Once the flower is fertilized, the fruit is mature in 3 to 8 months. The banana-flavored flesh can be eaten fresh, dried or used in a variety of recipes. The seeds are also edible after they have been boiled or roasted.

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Taken on January 1, 2000