Value-Adding Options for Tropical Fruit using Jackfruit as a Case Study
There is potential to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian tropical and exotic fruit industry by value adding to fruits in a way that provides additional returns to growers and increases the available market for the fruit. Using jackfruit as a case study, the project breaks down and analyses value adding and market opportunities for tropical fruits. While jackfruit is the focus of the case study, this report provides lessons and points to opportunities that may be applied to other tropical fruits. Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyyllus) is one of the most popular tropical fruits grown in Asia and is the largest of all the tree-borne fruits, deemed to have excellent taste, nutrition, and versatility. Jackfruit has been grown in northern Queensland and the Northern Territory for several years.