jack fruit

The Jack of All Fruits is very versatile and gives you all the nutrition you need. What’s more, it can be served up in a range of ways, cooked and uncooked.

So, have you munched on a jackfruit burger or slurped down a jackfruit smoothie? The humble Indian fruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus or jackfruit, is an international fad now. This popular fruit, indigenous to Southeast Asia, is part of the latest food trends going around the globe. The versatile fruit can be eaten in a variety of ways and has captured the attention of vegans and vegetarians in particular.

The jackfruit can be eaten as a sweet fruit in its ripe form or can be part of curries and snacks in its unripe form. The fruit, being rich in fiber and composed of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose, is easy to digest and is a rich source of energy and antioxidants.

It has been proven that jackfruit helps in keeping dreaded cancer at bay. The presence of Vitamin-C helps the body get rid of harmful free radicals and the fruit is a good source of minerals such as potassium, manganese and iron. It is one of the rare fruits that is rich in the B-complex group of vitamins, i.e. pyridoxine, niacin, riboflavin and folic acid.

Latest reports suggest the use of jackfruit as a healthy substitute for meat. Jackfruit is well known for its versatility. Jackfruit has been part of many curries and savories throughout India. Jackfruit can be combined with a diverse range of meats. The fleshy fruit is an integral part of various curry recipes and interestingly, the seeds of jackfruit are equally tasty. The seeds of jackfruit are also included in spicy dishes as well as eaten in its roasted form. They are high in protein, phytonutrients and vitamins. Including the seeds of jackfruit in your diet helps aid digestion, fight stress, control pressure and maintains the thyroid.

Jackfruit can be fried with or without batter. It can also be ground into patties and fried as delicious snacks. Jackfruit also makes the best desserts. Traditionally it was made into halwas, i.e. dense sweet preparations that can be stored for a long period of time. Now jackfruit is part of ice creams, smoothies and milk shakes too.

The world has started recognizing the many benefits of the largest fruit that grows on trees. Jackfruit is now known to help maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, prevent problems in the digestive system and take care of the eyes too.

Give your own twist to the jack of all fruits and find a recipe that suits you best.