Jackfruits!

Joseph Isaac

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Hi everyone! I wish you all have a good day. After 4 years our little jackfruit now started to bear fruits. They are not picky plants regarding soil condition. However, too much moisture would result to a slow growth. Once a jackfruit is ripe, you could smell its strong and sweet odor several feet from the tree. Its tastes sweet and fleshy. I got a few questions about the variety of jackfruit that grows underground. Has anyone tried to plant or has experience with it? If so, what kind of soil does it prefer?
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I really should grow one of these trees but I've never got around to planting one.

Not sure about the type that grows underground though? Do you mean the fruit?
 

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Yes Mark. There is a type of jackfruit in which the fruit is buried underground. I was thinking that maybe since it is underground, its fruits would be typhoon proof.
 
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Yes. you will have to dig it. There are signs that the fruit is there.An example would be that the soil is bulging and cracks would appear.
 
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Jackfruit is native to India/Indian Subcontinent, and it is very abundant here. However I don't know of a variety/type called underground Jackfruit:dunno: . The Jackfruit tree produces fruits more often on it's trunk than the branches, and these fruit can grow at any height. Often very close to the ground as I have seen personally. I remember being able to touch the fruits with ease even when I was a kid. I'm guessing it might rarely fruit even underground if the dirt has piled up against the trunk.
I googled the term underground Jackfruit and it did tell me about a fungus named like that. It has no relation with the Jackfruit except for the texture of the skin.

You could search the net for Jackfruit curries prepared using unripe (non-ripe?) fruit. See if you like it.
Jackfruit is an awesome fruit. Us central & north-Indians like preparing its curry whereas the south-Indians like eating the ripe fruits.
:cautious:Please note- there are some believes here about the unwanted effects on pregnant/lactating women on consumption of its seeds. So do read about that as well I suggest.
 
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If you google vaer palaa you should find some reference to what Joseph is talking about. I thought initially Joseph was "taking the proverbial" - but there you go! Turns out they do occur occasionally, from the roots of the tree. :)
 

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If you google vaer palaa you should find some reference to what Joseph is talking about. I thought initially Joseph was "taking the proverbial" - but there you go! Turns out they do occur occasionally, from the roots of the tree. :)
Yup you are right! I spoke to my dad about this today. He has seen the Jackfruits growing from the roots. According to him its no special type/variety of the tree but just rare occurrence.

The name Vaer Palaa is from Tamil language spoken in southern state of Tamilnadu. Since southerners eat ripe fruit, I feel that many northerners like myself might not even be aware of this :blush:
 
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He has seen the Jackfruits growing from the roots. According to him its no special type/variety of the tree but just rare occurrence.
Very strange - maybe it happens when the plant is initially planted deep covering part of the lower stem and then that's why the fruit looks like it's growing underground?