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Jackfruit Jubilee
Jackfruit Jubilee

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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.


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.             Using Green Jackfruit as a vegetable
                                Kamala Bukkapatnam and Saroja Charyulu

12:15 p.m.           “Jack” it up with Fire and Spice! 
                                Wild Gulf Shrimp and Jackfruit Escabeche, Chef Allen Susser

1:00 p.m.               Jackfruit and South East Asian Culture 
                                Chris Rollins

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 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

The Exotic JACKFRUIT: Growing the World’s Largest Fruit
Richard J. Campbell and Noris Ledesma  
Written in both English and Spanish. You’ll find a brief history of jackfruit and suggestions on choosing a cultivar. Icons indicate the origin, production, bearing season, vigor of the tree and flesh texture. The book contains the most current information on propagation, tree establishment and care, pruning and shaping, diseases and pests, harvesting, ripening and storage. This book is written for both  commercial and home garden use.

(Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden) 71 pp, $20.00

Travel Information

The Jackfruit Jubilee 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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