Would you believe that just three fruits of a new jackfruit selection can yield P7,400 worth of clean, sweet and juicy arils or flesh? That’s exactly what we got when we harvested the three fruits of our five-year-old RedOrange jackfruit, first on March 5 and then on March 8, 2020.
The biggest fruit that weighed 20 kilos yielded 16 packs of clean arils of about 700 grams per pack. Some were sold at P200 per pack but most were given as gift to friends for them to taste something we are very proud of. At 200 pesos per pack, the computed value of the arils from the biggest fruit is already P3,200.
The second fruit that weighed 18 kilos yielded 14 packs while the smallest which weighed 9 kilos gave 7 packs. The three fruits yielded a total of 37 packs of about 700 grams each. At 200 pesos a pack, that’s a cool P7,400 for the flesh of the three fruits!
One of the best things about our RedOrange jackfruit is that there is no latex in the section where the arils are found. The latex is just confined in the pith or the white portion found in the middle of the fruit.
So we told some friends that if the mango growers are having a big problem because of the Kurikong menace, they might as well plant jackfruit! But of course, they should plant the superior varieties that are available in the market like the Eviarc Sweet from Leyte, the latexless jackfruit from Malaysia and now this RedOrange from Teresa, Rizal.
REDOANGE STORY – For purposes of identification, we call our new selection RedOrange jackfruit.This is the story.
It all started when we bought two grafted Red Sun in the year 2009. This is a variety introduced from Thailand under a project titled “Collection, Propagation, Evaluation and Utilization of Some Marketable Fruits and Spices.” It was a project funded through PCAARRD and the Mama Sita Foundation, a private NGO. The project was implemented by the late Dr. Benito S. Vergara, a national scientist who was then retired from the International Rice Research Institute.
Somehow Dr. Vergara was not pleased with the performance of Red Sun in Los Baños so he discarded the variety. No further propagation was made. In our case,we were able to produce one fruit before the trees were damaged by wood borers. The arils of the fruit we harvested were slightly red. Because it was something new, we planted all the seeds (about 70) but retained only five for lack of space in our little farm.
One of the trees produced its first fruit which we harvested in May 2019. Instead of red that we expected, the arils were dark orange. Just the same, we were very happy because the pulp or aril was so plump, sweet and juicy. As mentioned above, we harvested the three fruits in early March 2020. To our great surprise, the computed value of the arils from the three fruits was a cool P7,400 at a price of P200 per pack of 700 grams of clean arils.The value could even be more because our friend Rowena Bienes said that she would even be willing to pay P300 for one pack.
This only proves that jackfruit can be a profitable crop to grow as long as you plant the right variety. We got a total of 788 seeds of the three RedOrange fruits which we are now propagating.