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The Cempedak is native to Indonesia and Malaysia and is closely related to the jackfruit. It is a tropical fruit that grows best in direct sunlight. It is an exotic fruit often only found in specialty markets, but it is becoming more available in India.

Growing Cempedak

It requires fertile, well-drained soil. It is not drought-tolerant and can withstand temporary waterlogged conditions.

After the initial care, the Cempedak grows fast and without much care. Seedlings bear fruit in 3-5 years, whereas grafted plants bear fruit in 2–3 years.

Though not very common, Cempedak is also grown in large containers.

Cempedak Fruit Description and Taste

Cempedak or Chempedak fruit has a flavour reminiscent of strawberries, apricots, and almonds. Its shape is that of a small jackfruit, and it also weighs much less than a jackfruit, typically 1–5 kg. It has a thicker skin than most varieties of jackfruit. However, taste-wise, it is closer to durian than jackfruit.

The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and has a meaty texture. Cempedak has a nutty flavour that is milder than Durian and can be enjoyed by those who are not fans of Durian. Roasted seeds are edible.

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