The Top End’s unique climate and conditions enable Territory farmers to successfully grow a range of exotic fruit such as jack fruit, rambutan, durian, star apple, paw paw, pomelo and other tropical fruits from around the world.
The locally grown produce is sold at Darwin community markets and at interstate wholesale marketplaces. Some fruit is even exported to key Asian markets where consumers are willing to pay a premium for the high quality territory fruit. The Territory’s tropical fruit sector is worth around $9 Million annually to the local economy.
Jack fruit presents a promising sector as it can be used as a meat substitute in the growing imitation meat industry. Trials are underway to develop and identify varieties of jack fruit that are best suited for meat replacement products. In the future Territory growers could supply a local processing facility with fruit to transform into meat substitute meals.