Friday, September 15, 2006

CEMPEDAK (Artocarpus Integer)


The Cempedak is from the same family and genera as the jackfruit but it can be distinguished from the jackfruit by it smaller size and its spines, which can sometimes be absent. The size of the tree, distance planted and other agronomic characteristic are similar to the jackfruit. There were 21 clones of cempedak registered until 1980. This means that there are great variations in the size and weigh of the fruit. The fruit is varies in the length from 21 cm to 58 cm and in weight from 1.7 kg to 7 kg. Variations also exist in the thickness of the flesh, the number of seeds and flesh characteristics (colour, texture, sweetness, water content, ect). The skin of the ripe fruit is yellowish green. The fruit is usually wrapped while still on the tree to protect from pests. The fruit is carefully plucked using a knife or a pair of scissors to avoid any damage.


The skin of the ripe cempedak fruit is soft and tender. Cut the skin using a knife. Open and tear off its skin. The flesh is found clustered to the core. The flesh can be eaten fresh or fried.

Processed form found in the market:
- Juice

Local uses:
- juice, fried cempedak, cempedak cakes, sweet meat.

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