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Jackfruit Festival
Jackfruit Festival

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:30 AM to Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:30 PM

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will celebrate one of the most intriguing of tropical fruits, the jackfruit. Participants will learn about its enticing taste and curious fragrance, how to grow it, and what varieties most suit differing tastes.

We will have recognized speakers presenting information on planting and pruning, pollination and the variety of cultivars available in South Florida. Tree sales and cultivar tasting follows the presentations.

Lectures

10:00 a.m.             Pioneering the Introduction of Jackfruit in Florida 
                                Dr. Richard J. Campbell, FTBG

10:45 a.m.             A new Generation of Jackfruit 
                                (Jackfruit Breeding at FTBG)
                                Noris Ledesma, FTBG

11:30 a.m.             The Jackfruit as a Tradition in Asia
                                TBD

12:15 p.m.             Cooking Demonstration

1:00 p.m.               Drying jackfruit 
                                Leila Werner, FTBG

1:45 p.m.             Grafting jackfruit 
                              Todd Walton, FTBG

2:30 p.m.             Caring for your jackfruit tree 
                              Jeff Wasielewski, Miami Dade Cooperative Extension Service


Tropical Fruit Program volunteers clean and evaluate jackfruit during the jackfruit season. Flesh from each cultivar is carefully labeled and frozen for sampling. Following the ‘Just Jackfruit' lectures participants will taste fruit from a wide range of flavors. 

Curator's Choice Jackfruit
Noris Ledesma, Curator of Tropical Fruit, has carefully selected jackfruit cultivars well-suited to South Florida conditions. These cultivars represent a new generation of jackfruit with superior horticultural traits.Grafted trees and new superior hybrids from the Jackfruit Breeding Program at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden are available for sale. These hybrids come from carefully selected parents with superior flavors. Our new generations of Jackfruits are ready to speak of the Fairchild “brand.” Each variety is unique and worthy of appreciation on its own merits. Don’t miss it!

View the Curator's Choice Jackfruit trees that will be for sale.

More information about growing jackfruit in Florida.


Propagating Jackfruit


How to prepare jackfruit


Jackfruit recipes

Travel Information

The Jackfruit Festival is located in Coral Gables, FL, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here.   Nearby hotels include Hotel Indigo (call hotel for discounted rate and shuttle service offered to FTBG guests), Sonesta Coconut Grove,  The Biltmore Hotel, and the Miami Marriott Dadeland

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Admission: Free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under. 
Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17.
Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children. Members, remember to bring your Rewards Card to earn your gift passes! 
Military Discount: We are pleased to offer active military personnel free admission. In addition, admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Please present Military IDs.

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