Native to tropical Africa, Treculia africana is a beautiful, large shade tree, easy to recognize with its large, rounded crown and spreading branches. It can grow taller than 20-50 feet in its native environment, but will typically be more compact if grown in containers in garden environments.
This tree flourishes best in full sun to semi-shade environment, with moderate water. It can thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11.
The fruit of the Treculia africana tree is round and greenish yellow when ripe, and has a spongy texture. It contains a large number of edible seeds, which are the main edible part of the fruit. Africa Breadfruit is known for its sweet and nut-like flavor. It can be eaten on its own, but is also a popular ingredient in various dishes, ranging from salads to desserts.
This fruit is also harvested for its wide array of health benefits. It contains essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; such as vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and zinc. Eating the fruit and seeds may reduce levels of bad cholesterol, protect from heart disease, and improve bone and muscle health, making it a nutritious addition to any diet.
Treculia africana trees can yield up to 60 fruits each year depending on climate and tree health, making this a bountiful addition to any garden. Moreover, with its easy care requirements, this African breadfruit tree can be a low-maintenance way to bring beauty and nutrition to any garden.