Totally intrigued by this ‘not so little fruit’ so I had to do some research. It turns out that jackfruits are an excellent fruit with incredible health benefits. Plants really don’t cease to amaze me!
The jackfruit tree is a species in the mulberry and fig family. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world which can weigh from a mere 3 kilograms to 36 Kilograms. The jack is a widely cultivated and popular food item throughout the tropical regions of the world. In many cultures, jackfruit is boiled and used in curries as a staple food. Young jackfruit has a mild flavour and distinctive meat-like texture which is often compared to poultry or pulled pork.
A 100-g portion of edible raw jackfruit provides about 95 calories and is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. The fruit is also rich in vitamin B6, potassium, calcium, and iron. Jackfruit’s flesh is very high in fibre content. It contains a high amount of carbohydrate, with only a small amount of fat.
Health Benefits of Jackfruit:
- Beneficial in maintaining a healthy thyroid because it contains micro minerals and copper that helps in proper functioning of the thyroid.
- High in fibre, which helps prevent constipation and colon cancer.
- Rich in vitamin A , beneficial in the eye and skin health.
- Great source of potassium which helps reduce chances of heart diseases as it lowers the blood pressure.
- Aids in healing indigestion as well as ulcers.
Remember for savoury recipes you want to buy young green jackfruit in water, not brine or syrup. This is key to achieving proper flavour and texture. You can get it in Asian shops or online.
BBQ jackfruit by Minimalist Baker
12 jackfruit recipes courtesy of PETA
My next jackfruit recipe will have to be a curry, watch this space!