Friday, 25 September 2015

New Season Inflorescence
So What Happened to Jackfruit Season?

At the end of March, I published a semi-hopeful post about the first fruits on a young jackfruit (nangka) tree. Over the following weeks, the tree produced about 20 male and female inflorescences. The danger, of course, would be the impending winter...

This winter turned out to be 'coolish' and the tree suffered a number of frosts throughout the season. Even though our jackfruit sustained no permanent damage, we did lose the first young fruit and flowers.

However, with the warming weather of spring, the jackfruit has begun to produce new inflorescences. 
I have recently read that under ideal conditions the jackfruit will require three to eight months to produce ripe fruit. Whether this applies to the temperate climate of Sydney is another question. Through spring and summer, it has time to succeed: we look forward to monitoring the progress of a beautiful specimen tree... Fruit or no fruit, the jackfruit tree and its glossy dark green leaves will take a place within our garden.

Jackfruit Arils and Seeds
Luckily, we are able to purchase jackfruit, at a price, from another Sydney suburb. Pictured at right is a section of a dark-yellow to orange jackfruit variety... crisp and especially tasty! And, of course, the seeds have been saved for sprouting.  

Perhaps, next time we purchase a portion of jackfruit, I will have to give way to my better half, who would love to boil and consume the seeds. 

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