Speak of a large edible fruit that can be consumed by the entire family, one name that anyone can suggest is definitely jackfruit. This tropical fruit is not only unique but also delicious. Want to hear something interesting? Well, you can consume its seeds too. Yes, you heard it right! This amazing delight is grown in various parts of India and other countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Africa, Australia, the Philippines, and Brazil.
Unlike other fruits, its rind resembles a porcupine (don’t worry, it won’t prick you!). That is because this yellow or greenish skin is spiky. The bulbs inside a jackfruit are yellow in colour. You may sometimes find around 500 of them inside the same. The jackfruit basically comes in two kinds – the ripe one whose bulbs are sweet and slimy and the other one that has got crisp flesh that isn’t sweet. The latter one is used as a substitute for meat.
The best part about this fruit is its amazing aroma that lingers through whenever it is brought inside the house. If you are tired of taking out the bulbs alone, then bring in a few more of your family members and friends to help you in the same. But wait! Don’t forget to grease the knives and your hands with some oil before doing so. Moreover, you can definitely keep the seeds for further consumption.
Health benefits of jackfruit
Fruits never disappoint us when it comes to managing our health. Well, the jackfruit is no less in this regard. It is a great source of vitamin C and various other necessary nutrients. To know more, check out the points below:
- Jackfruits are rich in potassium and hence, they help control blood pressure. They reduce tension in the walls of the blood vessels inside a human body.
- They have a low glycemic index (GI) and are a great source of fiber. As a result, they help in managing blood sugar levels.
- They are rich in antioxidants which help the human body to be immune from diseases. They also protect the cells from stress and inflammation.
- As mentioned earlier, jackfruits are a source of vitamin C and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart diseases, etc.
- Jackfruits also help keep cholesterol levels in check. That is because they have flavanones that are anti-inflammatory in nature.
- Consuming this fruit can also help tackle skin problems like aging. In fact, there is evidence that it helps slow down aging.
- Jackfruits also have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that help heal wounds faster.
- This fruit is a great source of fiber and hence, helps regularize bowel movements to prevent constipation.
Other uses of jackfruit
The extracts, roots, and other parts of this fruit are mostly used in Sri Lankan and Indian medicines. Although they have not been proven scientifically, these medicines are used to treat conditions like asthma, stomach ulcers, diarrhea, etc.
Jackfruit season in India
Jackfruit production usually takes place in our country during the monsoon season. The main seasons to consume this delightful fruit are between June to August and again between September to December. For the unversed, India is the second-largest producer of jackfruits in the world. It is mostly grown in the Southern and Eastern regions of the country. Moreover, do you know that it is the national fruit of Bangladesh? Leave your feedback in the comments section.