Artocarpus integer, more commonly known as the Chempedak tree, is species of small tree native to Malaysia and Indonesia. It can grow up to 10-20 feet tall and prefers full sun to semi-shade. It requires regular watering but should be kept in a pot in cooler regions for better frost protection.
It is known for its hardiness and its ability to withstand temperatures of at least 30° Fahrenheit for a short time, making it suitable for USDA zones 9 through 11. The mature plant is cold hardy and its leaves are evergreen.
The fruits of the Artocarpus integer are medium sized, growing between 5 and 7 inches long, smooth to the touch, and generally more cylindrical in shape than its cousin, the Jackfruit. Inside, the pulp is sweet and juicy, but also creamy. It is much less fibrous and acidic than the Jackfruit, making it an optimal choice for eating fresh and even making ice cream! The young fruits are also sometimes eaten as vegetables.
The Chempedak tree produces around 100 fruits per year. With such an abundance, this fruit tree can provide plenty of health benefits. Not only is it relatively low in calories, it's packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, potassium, folate, and protein, making it a great snack or ingredient to add to any meal.