Thursday, October 8, 2009
Name This Plant: Jackfruit
Once again Jordan has correctly named this fruit, Jackfruit. (She answered on the facebook).
According to Wikipedia, it is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.
"The fruits can reach 36 kg (80 lbs) in weight and up to 90 cm (36 in) long and 50 cm (20 in) in diameter."
The Wikipedia also claims, "jackfruit leaves can help in curing ringworms, diabetes, and asthma." However, it says citation needed, so apparently there is no corroborating evidence for this claim.
One Samoan-speaking commenter believes it is called a maafala in Samoan. According to my Samoan dictionary, maafala is a type of breadfruit. The jackfruit and breadfruit are very similar, so this could be the Samoan name.
From Sunshine Food International
Posted by Cale