A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
338: Jackfruit in detail
One of the biggest tree fruits you can find on our planet is the jackfruit, also known as nangka. The jackfruit originates in India, but is now found in Southeast Asia, North Australia and Eastern Brazil, where this fruit is locally known as jaca. There is a lack of clarity about the name jackfruit. One source refers to a Scottish botanist, while another source refers to the Portuguese word jaca, which in turn has a reference to the Malay word chakka. The shell on the photo is of the hard jaca-dura variety. These fruits can measure up to one meter long and weigh over forty kilos. It is therefore important to be careful not to be hit by such a fruit. In the city park Floresta da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, the jackfruit tree was the first variety to be planted there. With much success: Now, several thousands of young shoots are destroyed annually, in order to preserve the natural balance in the urban forest.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2011, 2017