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The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as jack tree, is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family (Moraceae). Its original distribution range is unknown but most authors place its center of origin to be within the region between the Western Ghats of India to the rainforests of Borneo. The jackfruit tree is well-suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 55 kg in weight, 90 cm in length, and 50 cm in diameter. Jackfruit is commonly used in South and Southeast Asian cuisines. The ripe and unripe fruit and seeds are consumed. The jackfruit tree is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and the state fruit of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The species is cauliflora, it means that the fruits grow directly on the trunk and the big branches of the tree. The flavor of the ripe fruit is comparable to a combination of apple, pineapple, mango, and banana. In Indonesia and Malaysia, jackfruit is called nangka. In Brazil, three varieties are recognized: jaca-dura, jaca-mole and jaca-manteiga. In Europe, the fruit can be bought at exotic goods stores. Source : wiki

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