The Jackfruit is a seasonal fruit. In India, this fruit reaches its ripen state in the summer/monsoon months. Jackfruit can be considered as one of the largest fruit that flowers out of a tree. It can weigh up to 15 to 20 kilograms. The tree which is also referred to as the Jack tree, is a species of tree that belongs to the fig, mulberry family. Its scientific name is Artocarpus Heterophyllus.
Learning more about the Jackfruit :
Jackfruit is a tree fruit that is usually planted and grown in the continents of Asia, Africa and South America. This fruit can be termed as a “super food” based on its nutritional value and its benefits and uses and it can also be eaten directly when the pulp is ripe. A ripe pulp is usually sweet. Other ways of eating includes using the unripe pulp to make various kinds of recipies.
Jackfruit composition and benefits :
The composition of the pulp of the fruit contains almost 75 % water, around 22 % carbohydrates, around 2% protein and 1% fat. It also contains Vitamin C and antioxidants which helps in boosting the immunity level in the body.
The sugar content in the fruit are easy to digest and is healthy for the body. It also contains a good amount of fibres. The soluble fibres quickly breaks down in our body and provides energy. This fruit also contains antioxidants like, phytonutrients and flavonoids.
The presence of these kinds of antioxidants eliminates the toxins produces by the body. This in one way or the other prevents cancers as toxins are known to cause cancer in the body.
Jackfruit acts as a healthy nutrition provider for our eyes as it contains Vitamin A. It helps in improving the eyesight. Free radicals are destroyed by antioxidents rich jackfruit and thereby helps in preventing from ageing as the main factors behind ageing is free radicals. This fruit also contains a good amount of iron. Even the root of the tree is a remedy for skin diseases.
In a commercial Perspective :
Taking example of a whatsapp group (Chakkakkoottam) of jackfruit lovers, who turned it into a brand and added various products made out of jackfruit. This was how a Chakka startup was started.
The main motive of the group was to stop the wastage of the fruit as one a considerable pulp part of the fruit was eaten, rest was thrown. They were quite successful in achieving thier goals within a short period of time. This startup and group are based in the Kerala state of India.
The brand makes products and sells items made of jackfruit like, tender fresh jackfruit chunks, chips, flour and halwa. This is how a jackfruit lovers group turned it into a startup that is earning in lakhs today.
A simple Recipe we are talking about here in this article :
Not only the pulp or the raw jackfruit can be eaten but its seeds are utterly delicious and healthy as well. “Mashed Jackfruit seeds” is the recipe that can be made and eaten for lunch, breakfast or dinner same as we eat mashed potatoes.
This recipe doesn’t require any extraordinary ingredients. With simple ingredients that are available in every household it can be made and cherished. All we need is Jackfruit seeds ( Use of those seeds which are few days older and dry is preferable as it can give a sweet taste), salt, coriander leaves, onions, green chilli.
Firstly, the seeds have to be boiled untill it is soft, then it has to be taken out of the water and then completely mashed. In it can be added pure mustard oil in little quantity, add salt according to taste and chopped coriander leaves and few chopped pieces of green chilli. Mix the entire mash together and it can be served with rice. You haven’t tried yet? Try it, it is delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions :
What is Jackfruit?
Jackfruit can be considered as one of the largest fruit that flowers and forms into a fruit out of a tree. It can weigh up to 15 to 20 kilograms. The Jackfruit tree which is also referred to as the Jack tree, is a species of tree that belongs to the fig, mulberry family. Its scientific name is Artocarpus Heterophyllus.
In what ways the fruit can be eaten?
It can be eaten when its raw, the sweet pulp can be eaten when its ripe. We can even eat the seed of the fruit in different ways.
Where is this fruit found?
Jackfruit is a tree fruit that is usually planted and grown in the continents of Asia, Africa and South America.
To conclude :
Any kind of fruits are usually beneficial for our health but there are certain fruits that we can refer to as super fruit because of nutritional value and benefits.
The Jackfruit is one such fruit. Making a habit of including fruits in daily lifestyle is defenitely better then the huge amount of junk food or fast food which we intake regularly as we find them more tasty. But we should not forget the fact that such foods are unhealthy.