A member of the mulberry family and closely related to jackfruit and breadfruit, marang is also a tropical fruit. Its origins are Borneo, Palawan, and Mindanao Island. The leaves look similar to breadfruit, but marang leaves are less lobed with prominent yellow venation. The fruit looks a lot like a rounded jackfruit; it’s easier to peel, easier to eat, has white segments, and has no latex! Keep trimmed for easier harvesting… 25-pound fruit, 25 feet up in the air can be dangerous. Harvest while green and let ripen to yellow off the tree. The actual fruit is heavenly, sweet, and creamy. It tastes much better than jackfruit. Inside, the segments are white. The unopened fruit smells a bit like propane or diesel when ripe, hence the species name odoratissimus.
Its fast-growing tree needs lots of water. According to the Facebook group Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, marang has fall and winter seasons, with bumper crops some years.
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