Jackfruit Jubilee

Fairchild 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.

Saturday, September 13

10:00 a.m. Lecture by Richard J. Campbell, Ph.D., Fairchild
Garden House 
Pioneering the Introduction of Jackfruit in Florida 

10:45 a.m. Lecture by Noris Ledesma, Fairchild
Garden House
A New Generation of Jackfruit (Jackfruit Breeding at FTBG)

11:30 a.m. Lecture by Kamala Bukkapatnam and Saroja Charyulu
Garden House
Using Green Jackfruit as a vegetable

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

1:00 p.m. Lecture by Chris Rollins
Garden House
Jackfruit and South East Asian Culture 

1:45 p.m. Demonstration by Todd Walton, Fairchild
Garden House
Grafting Jackfruit 

2:30 p.m.  Demonstration by Jeff Wasielewski, Miami Dade Cooperative Ext. Service
Garden House
Caring for your Jackfruit Tree 

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 Trees for Sale

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.

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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