The Amazing Jack Tree


Also known as Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam

The Jack tree is well-known for its very large fruit which sometimes weighs over 30 kilograms. It grows well in the tropics and is loved by most of the local inhabitants. The tree grows to a height of 10 metres or more with many heavy branches and foliage which provide a beautiful shady picnic or resting spot. The edible pulp inside the fruit is fleshy and yellow when ripe. The unripe fruit is also eaten as a vegetable.

Medicinal use

  • Diarrhoea, fever and asthma.
  • Ulcers, wounds, glandular swellings and insect bites.
  • As a laxative, for giving tone and vitality to the body and for acute abdominal pain.

How to use

  • The decoction of the root is a good remedy for dianthoea, fever and asthma
  • The milky latex of the tree is applied externally for the cure of ulcers, wounds, glandular swellings and Insect bites
  • Excessive consumption of the pe fruit works on the bowels as a laxative
  • The consumption of roasted or boiled seeds gives tone and vitality to the body and helps in checking
  • abdominal pain.

Parts used

  • All the parts of the tree

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