For year round micronutrients, ten species of fruit trees are better than just a few

A ‘diversity fair’ is not an everyday event, so this one to showcase agrobiodiversity in Uganda’s district of Nakasongola drew crowds. Held at the end of October, it featured stalls of dried beans in rainbow colours, bunches of African greens and heaps of root crops. Dozens of women and men gathered to display their tree products.

One highly admired tree product was jackfruit. Though it is almost comically large and bumpy, the seeds of this naturalized Asian tree come wrapped in a creamy flesh that is intensely sweet.