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Hello Jack The Fruit
10 May 2020

With its origins in the region between the states of south India and the rainforests of Malaysia, Jack fruit trees are well suited to tropical environments, although today is farmed all over the world covering South America and Africa too. Most farms around the world help to keel the forests alive and they provide income to the local communities.


It boasts huge green brunches and flowers. It is the largest fruit of all trees, reaching as much as 60 kg in weight, 90 cm in length, and 50 cm in diameter, so it can be fairly big fruit.


A mature jack tree which takes a year or two, it may produce some 200 fruits annually. The young jack fruit, which is unripe, has a mild taste and meat-like texture that lends itself to being a versatile meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans. The ripe fruit can be much sweeter and is more often used for desserts.



It is commonly used in Asian dishes whether ripe or unripe. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka but used extensively in curries in South India. Today it is available internationally organic, gluten free and sustainable and in growing use by vegans and vegetarians, fresh, canned, frozen and various products derive from it i.e. chips and noodles.


Jackfruit is a partial solution in the dietary of developing countries. Its nutritional value is analyzed as follows. The edible pulp is 74% water, 23% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and 1% fat. The carbohydrate component is primarily sugars, and is a source of dietary fiber. In a 100 grams (3.5 oz) portion, raw jackfruit provides 400 kJ (95 kcal), and is a rich source (20% or more of the Daily Value, DV) of vitamin B6 (25% DV). It contains moderate levels (10-19% DV) of vitamin C and potassium, with no other micronutrients in significant content. (Source Wikipedia).



In gastronomic expressions this versatile fruit can be flavored into taste origins like tomato and basil, pesto, smoked bbq, teriyaki, curry of any sort. It appears as meat for burgers, pulled pork, chunks in pastas and noodles and lots more!


One of the brands I am fund of is AMAZONIA organic which distributes jack fruit in various forms and ready to use. On sharing my training experiences and whilst presenting to a team of Asian chefs some new ideas for the menu, I was amused to be informed that they have Jack fruit trees growing into their gardens at home and that they are used to its original form in their daily diet by culture! Here I prepare a few ideas on how to use it. Enjoy!








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