The Chempedak is native to south east Asia where it grows into a large tree. The soft fruits are very sweet with some fiber and a fairly smooth skin. They are smaller, less acidic and less fibrous than the jakfruit. The strongly odored fruits smell like durians when ripe, however if the peel is removed this will remove most of the odor. They are tropical in their growing requirements needing a warm, moist position and deep fertile soil in the full sun . Fruits can be eaten fresh or used in desserts, the young unripe fruit can also be eaten as a vegetable and made into pickles. Seedling trees start bearing after 3-6 years, they flower in Spring and the fruit mature 3-6 months later. The wood from the tree is an excellent quality timberthat is as strong as teak and the tannins extracted from the heartwood produce a saffron coloured dye that is used to colour the robes of Buddhists.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?
No (Full Size)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
February, March, April
Customer Comments on Chempedak
Chempedak hereare not common,only in main market in Denpasar, fruit is app10-12 cm wide,35-40cm long, VERY strong smell, but tasty thin flesh around a seed which can be cooked and eaten,very tasty | Dave Smith - Denpasar, BALI 04-Feb-2010
Fruits successfully in coastal Sydney (frost free, warm temperate climate) if given a position in full sun, sheltered from winter winds, and watered deeply once weekly in dry weather. Fruits heavily once established at 7-10 years old. | Jerry Coleby-williams - Brisbane, QLD 18-Dec-2010
Jerry, does it really fruit here in Sydney? I have to see to believe! | Merv Dee - Hornsby, NSW 25-Feb-2011
Makes delicious desserts fried in batter! | Norzaini Amin - Macgregor, QLD 08-Aug-2013
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