Jackfruit is a tropical fruit that is known from a distance for its shape and size the ripe fruit has a strong fruity aroma sometimes can be smiles from a distance. The flavour of its sweet arils or bulbs can be identified from a distance. In common aroma with some other tropical fruits such as Pineapple, Banana Jackfruit is rich in energy due to its sugar content. It is free of Cholesterol and saturated fats. But rich in minerals, vitamins and dietary fibre.

Jackfruit is a popular Asian  Tropical fruit which belongs to the Moraceae family, The Jackfruit is related to Breadfruit, Figs and Mulberry. Artocarpus heterophyllus is the scientific name for Jackfruit.

The jackfruit three grows to very tall height and it bears on its trunk as well as on its branches. The fruit bears in various sizes depending on the soil the tree is growing on.

Jackfruit is an indigenous fruit of India’s Rain Forests however, it is now cultivated commonly in countries like Brazil, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. As well as in the Caribbean.

Jackfruit bears right through the year but in its season one tree can bear hundreds of fruits. I had seen one jackfruit weighing sixty pounds. That is the largest jackfruit I had ever seen.

It measured three feet eight inches in length and seventy centimeters in diameter. The skin of the jackfruit is of a rough appearance with blunt prickle like points looking like the inside of the pyloric or stomach.

The seed of the jackfruit also makes a delicious dish The seed is cooked in more than way. It has a thin but strong plastic-like covering when removed, the seeds are cooked in Soup or by itself is also cooked as

nice because of its sweetness, however, if you are a sugar lover you might not mind the sweetness.

The interior of the jackfruit when ripe and split open you can see the heart covered with white thick stain, should it catch your hands A pumpkin leaf removes the stain better than soap and water.

 

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To access the pegs or pulps you will need to remove the heart as the pegs are attached to the heart, you will need to cut away the heart then you can use your fingers, a spoon, or a fork to remove the pegs which are embedded between some bands of fibres.

Although the pegs of the jackfruit are very sweet some folks enjoyed it better by dipping the pegs into salted water. They said the salt cuts the effect of the sugar. Inside of the peg there lies the seed.

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Enclosed into a brown soft juicy coat the seed is removed from its coat by squeezing but the seed itself has its own skin which looks like plastic water cannot penetrate it easily you must remove the skin in order to cook the seed

 

Table of Nutrients

Energy         95 kcal          5%

Dietary Fiber 1.5 g            4%

Carbohydrates 23.5 g     18%

Total Fat           0.64 g         3%

Protein              1.72 g         3%

Vitamins

Folates              24 ugs 6%

Riboflavin         0.055 mg     4%

Niacin                0.920 mg     6%

Pyridoxine        0.329 mg    25%

Thiamin             0.105 mg      9%

Vitamin A          110 IU        3.5%

Vitamin C           13.7 mg     23%

Vitamin E            0.34 mg      2%

Electrolytes

 

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Manganese        0.197         8.5%

Iron                      0.60 mg     7.5%

Calcium                34 mg           0%

Magnesium         37 mg           9%

Phosphorus         36 mg           5%

Phosphorus         21 mg           3%

Zinc                     0.42 mg          4%

Selenium            0.6 mg           1%

Phytonutrients

Carotene-8                      61 ug

Cryptoxanthin-8                5 ug

Lutein-zeaxanthin         157 ug

Jackfruit Health Benefits

100 g of edible jackfruit Bulbs provide 95 calories. The fruit made of soft, easily digestible flesh (arils) made up of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose then eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.

Jackfruit is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon.

The fresh fruit has a small but significant amount of Vitamin-A, and flavonoid pigments such as carotene-B, xanthin, lutein, and cryptoxanthin-B. together, these compounds play vital roles in antioxidant and vision functions. Vitamin A also required for maintaining the integrity of mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A and carotenes has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Jackfruit is a good source of antioxidant Vitamin-C, provides about 13 .7mg or 23% of RDA.

Consumption of foods rich in Vitamin -C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.

It is one of the rear fruits that is rich in a B complex group of Vitamins. It contains outstanding amounts of Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid.

Further fresh fruits are a good source of potassium, manganese, and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

Jackfruit seeds

 

 

 

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Jackfruit seeds are indeed rich in digestible starch, protein, and minerals. In general, the seeds are gathered from the ripe fruit during summer, sundried and stored for use during the raining season in many parts of South Indian States. Again, in these areas, Jackfruit seeds can be employed in recipes where they are eaten either by roasting as a snack or added to stews (curries) in place of lentils.

Selection and storage

Jackfruit is a Summer season fruit coinciding with some other tropical favorites like Mango, durian, and mangosteen.

In the stores, buy fruit that emits mild yet rich flavor and just yields to thumb pressure. Thumb-like projections become softer in the case of the ripe fruit. Once ripen the fruit deteriorates rather quickly unless its processed arils (bulbs) stored in the refrigerator.

Preparation and Serving method

Cut the fruit in a similar fashion like other large size fruits like Breadfruit.

 

 

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White, gummy latex oozes from the cut ends even in ripe fruit but to a lesser extent than in the green unripe ones. The latex problem can be overcome by applying a little coconut oil while separating bulbs since protective gloves would not help.

Another way of dealing with latex problem is mopping or rubbing the cut sections with a lemon slice or gently drowning in a bowl of acidulated water. Discard the thick ring that runs through the middle of the fruit, and the whole section is gently twisted a few times to loosen individual arils (bulbs).

Each aril (bulb) is made of sweet, thick orange-yellow flesh; cut it open with a small knife or split the bulb with fingertips vertically. Inside each bulb, you find a thick light brown colour seed; keep it aside and enjoy the delicious flesh

Here are some serving tips

Jackfruit bulb has a unique flavour and sweet taste. Enjoy them without any addition to experience their rich taste.

Jackfruit slices hand-mixed with grated coconut, honey, banana slices is one of the wonderfully delicious dessert preparations commonly served on festive occasions in Southern parts of India.

The also used in jam, jelly and chutney preparations.

Fruit slices are a great addition to fruit salads.

Jackfruit seeds are a good source of protein and minerals; used like vegetables and pulses in curry  (sabzi) preparation in many Asian countries.

Unripe green fruits employed like a vegetable in the preparation known as Kathal ki sabzi

In some North Indian States and “sayur nangka” in Indonesia

 

 

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Is Jackfruit a Superfood?

Jackfruit is a nutrient powerhouse, the fruit can be used in curries and stews It can even be used as a meat substitute. Some people consider Jackfruit to aid in weight loss because of its dietary fiber component’s that helps boost digestion. Truth is, Jackfruit is low in calorie that will assist in weight loss.

Only157 calories ‘are in one cup of crush Jackfruit makes a healthy treat. Diets that are rich in fiber helps reduced risks of developing some diseases such as heart disease, Cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Jackfruit is rich in Copper which helps in Thyroid metabolism, hormone production, and absorption, enhanced healthy thyroid.

Jackfruit root is a good remedy for skin disease. Jackfruit is a natural remedy for ulcers, it is anti-inflammatory with antioxidant properties it promotes healing with no side effects.

Jackfruit also promotes bone health, it’s a high content of magnesium aids the body in absorbing Calcium. Jackfruit is rich in dietary fiber which makes it a bulk laxative. It helps to improve digestion and prevents constipation.

Arthritis; Osteoporosis a symptom of the bone disorder can be managed by consuming a constant amount of jackfruit.

 

 

 

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Jackfruit seeds contain healthy nutrients that will prove beneficial to the body. Due to jackfruit potential to lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes may ease off the medication when eating jackfruit regularly.

Jackfruit is a Carbohydrate that does not contain much protein. It is a starchy food that contains more calories and Carb. It has less fiber than a potato

All portion of the jackfruit can be eaten. Some as is while some parts will need cooking, or blending. The jackfruit definitely will need to be cooked.

Jackfruit seeds are not poisonous; the seeds can be eaten, they can be prepared in several different ways to make a delicious nutritious meal

I hope that you will make the best of the many benefits that Jackfruit have to offer. Please leave a comment below.

 

  1. When I was in India a few years back I had the first chance to sample a jackfruit.  You can’t really describe the taste, texture and aroma…you have to experience it.  They are incredible looks fruit as you describe. You wouldn’t think something so good could come from this dangerous looking fruit!

    Back in the US, I have never really been able to find the jackfruit.  So I started looking online and luckily stumbled upon your website!  Lucky for me!

    Thanks for all the nutritional information.  I’m going to work on tracking some down.  Could you please provide links or future posts to recipes for jackfruit?

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Kmv; thanks for your comment. You know it is said that Jackfruit originated in India. It moves from India to some other parts of the world including the Caribbean, Let’s say it this way: Jackfruit is dangerously good!!! 

      The Nutrition that the fruit offers is tremendous. I am happy that you found my post and identified the nutrition that packed out Jackfruit. Yes, I will provide links to some other posts in the coming days.

      Dorcas

  2. Hi Dorcas,

    Thank you for your post about Jackfruit and nutrition. I always wondered if Jackfruit was healthy and I am thrilled to see that it is, thanks to your post. I have a question though, I deal with client with diabetes and I am always recommending food to them as needed. I know that jackfruit is very sweet and I was wondering if Jack fruit is good for someone wth diabetes? 

    Thank you for your post!

    Pam

    • Hi Pam; thanks for your comment, Jackfruit is among the many nutritious foods that many people do not know exist. However, many of those who have known the fruit are making the best that they can of the fruit. 

      Because of the medicinal properties that jackfruit contain including Fiber the fruit is safe to be eaten by diabetics.

      Dorcas

  3. Jackfruit is new fruits to me but it’s has more healing power than most fruits   Where I come from they don’t grow there. Maybe that is the reason I have no clue about it. 

    But what I have noticed the most is this fruit is people with diabetes, and they eat this fruit they can stop their medicine that is the best news for those guys. 

    Imagine some of these take medication for rest of their life so why not supplements with this fruits it would help those too much. Buying medicine for the rest of your life is very expensive.

    • Hi Charles; thank you for your comment even when you might be seeing jackfruit for the first time you can give it a try because of its nutritional values. I am sure that you will have no regret to try tasting the great nutrition stalwart in food Jackfruit.

      Dorcas

  4. I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I heard about Jackfruit but I did not know that it is so nutritious and healthy for our body. I will definitely order the seeds as I like to introduce little proteins in my daily menu. Thanks a lot for sharing such great products.

    • Hi Daniel; thanks for your comment; You can consume the seed in many different ways, but you will need to remove the skin or shell from the seeds before cooking or whatever method you will prepare them. 

      To do this, you might to dry them in the sun until you notice the kernel shrinks or place them into some boiling water to remove the plastic looking covering off to the seed. 

      Dorcas

  5. As a vegan, I’ e been eating many kind of fruits and vegetables, but I have to tell you that jackfruit is one of my favorites. It’s taste is delicious and it has tonnes of nutritions in it. I like it raw, but it can be the base ingredient of many recipes like Jachfruit tacos or Vegan BBQ ‘Ribs’.

    • Hi Gno; thanks for your comment. it is so good to know that you are acquainted with the fruit. When I say that jackfruit can be cooked some folks do not believe.

       I do hope that some chefs from some leading restaurants who might not have cooked the fruit will read my post and introduce the delicacy to more people. 

      You need to blend Jackfruit  into juice with some other fruits such as Cashue berry and Pineapple or Passion Fruit, although it can be blended alone blended with some other fruits might take you to the moon and back

      Dorcas

  6. I have heard of a Jackfruit of course, but I have never ever seen one, let alone eaten one! But it really does sound delicious, and the vitamins and minerals which it contains obviously make it very nutritious. it is great to find so much valuable nutrition in one fruit.

    I am not really a lover of very sweet things – do you think that I would still like it? And is the flavour similar to any other fruit? What parts of the world does it grow in apart from India?

    Thank you so much for telling me about this amazing fruit.

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Hi Chrissie; thanks for your comment. Same how you see the jackfruit in the images that is how it is. Depending on where it bears some fruits are much larger than those in the pictures.

       Yes; you will like it because you can cut down the sugar content if it is too sweet for you. You will need to give the pegs about five minutes in some salted water, and you will be good to go. You can also blend the pegs/pulps as is or with Cashue berry or Pineapple.

      Dorcas

  7. Jack fruit has many health benefits.  After reading this article I learned more about jackfruit than I thought I knew.  Its good to know that you can also cook jack fruit- something now I’m excited to try.  

    Consuming all these minerals and vitamins is essential for good health.  I am a health conscious person and knowing all these benefits is plus.  I will definitely make jack fruit part of my daily diet.  Thanks and keep on promoting health and wellness 

    • Hi Pardeap; thanks for your comment;  I am glad that you learned from my article. If you cook the skin of the jackfruit with pepper stake you might want to have that menu every day. 

      Especially if you could source the green jackfruit skin or just as it begins to turn from green to ripe. Keep eating healthy

      Dorcas

  8. This Jackfruit is a new fruit variety for me, but in reading through the details of your post, I must say that I am ready to give it a go. There are many new types of fruit that I have been lucky enough to try since leaving the Mid-West in the USA so many years ago for Europe and Asia.

    The nutritional value of the Jackfruit is high compared to many fruits I have seen data on, so I am sure that it will become a part of my diet going forward. I like getting the most bang for my buck, and the price is not bad while getting all this nutrition. 

    I am not sure which of the products to try first, they all look good. Likely I will select two, then give the third a whirl with my next order. The prices are good, I have paid more for other exotic fruits in the past. Does this price include shipping or is that extra?

    Thanks for getting me up to speed with the Jackfruit and the great nutritional value it offers. I learned something new and useful today!

    • Hello, Dave thanks for your comment. Jackfruit is a popular fruit one that is beloved by many people. However, there are still a vast amount of people who do not know the fruit. That is one reason for me to add so many different images of the fruit on my post.

       If you try to source it in the can, you will find it on shelves in supermarkets in Europe. And of course, you may buy it online from Amazon. I displayed a can from Amazon on the post. Depending on which distributor you buy from Some product price include shipping some does not. You are welcome, thank you too

      Dorcas

  9. Hey Dorcas. Great article! You’ve done a good job in explaining everything there is to know about jackfruits. Personally this is one of my favourite fruits. It’s so fragrant and delicious. Not to mention very nutritious. I would recommend everyone to try it! The seeds are usually steamed or boiled before they are eaten and taste like chestnut. 

    • Joe thank you for your comment. Suppose I tell you that I had consumed so much jackfruit while living in a rural area where I was brought up, but I never knew that it was such a highly nutritious popular fruit.

       I never like to smell the fruit after I ate it. Now I am in the City where I have to buy the fruit I questioned the high price and that was when the nutritional truth revealed I have prepared the seed in many different ways all of which proved delicious and nutritious

      Dorcas

  10. You mention that the Jackfruit is a natural laxative and can help with digestion and preventing constipation from happening. I am curious to know if it helps people clear up constipation if they already have it? Or would they need to see a doctor if it reaches that point?

    Thanks for answering my questions.

    • Hi Jessie; my answer to your question, as a natural laxative it will keep your bowels free it will not cause you to have a runny stool, maybe it will clear constipation due to its high fibre content.

       You would need to add the Jackfruit to your diet.

      Dorcas

  11. Thank you for your post. Jackfruit is new to me and now I am intrigued! What is the consistency like? Is it something you could put into a smoothie (like blended up with milk and ice?) It sounds like a very versatile fruit packed full of nutrition. I am also wondering about fructose? My son can’t process fructose very well so there are a few fruits that we have eliminated from his diet. These include watermelon, apples and pears mostly. Because jackfruit is new to me I’m just not sure how that might go? He can still have bananas and berries. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Melissa; thanks for your comment. I have not found Fructose in In any clinical note on Jackfruit, neither on the Nutrition facts. I would consider it to be safe for your child Yes, Jackfruit makes a great smoothie. 

      It is one of the superfoods. One fantastic thing about Jackfruit is that all parts of it can be added to your diet and prove beneficial from the root to the fruit.

      Dorcas

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