Jackfruit and Special Plant Sale
May 14, 2019
Want a tree that is sure to make the neighbors stop and stare? Then consider the jackfruit, a tree that produces one of the oddest and largest fruits of any plant. We first wrote about this tree in 2011. But since that time, jackfruit has become more mainstream and can even be found in local grocery stores either whole or in pre-packaged foods as a protein substitute for meat.
The tree we featured in 2011 was lost to Hurricane Irma in 2017. A smaller jackfruit tree we planted prior to the storm survived, although it was uprooted. Today, it’s producing three jackfruits on its fairly small trunk and they are almost ready to pick by our garden staff. You can see them between the Edison Guest House and McGregor Blvd.
Jackfruit trees are fairly easy to grow and most varieties can be kept small, to about eight feet tall or so. We have a few jackfruit trees for sale in our Garden Shoppe, along with hundreds of other Florida-friendly plants and tropical fruit trees. Visit Edison Ford this Saturday for our “Grow Fort Myers” event, a day of free gardening workshops and special discounts in our Garden Shoppe. For more info and a workshop schedule, click here.