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Mar 17

Health foods A-Z: Jackfruit

I grew up in a beautiful city in India called Chandigarh. Houses in Chandigarh have land around them and lots of trees. Our house had a jackfruit tree in the backyard. My mother used to make jams, chutneys, jelly  and salads. Jackfruit originated in southeast Asia, in southern parts of India.

Most people mistakenly think that jackfruit is a vegetable but it actually is a fruit as it has seeds. The jackfruit tree is one of the largest fruit bearing trees in the world and usually can have as many as 200 fruits growing on the same tree.

Jackfruit is very rich in dietary fibers, minerals and vitamins. It is also rich in antioxidants. The fruit has medicinal properties since it also helps in preventing oral and lung cancer.  It even helps build immunity, as it is a rich source of vitamin C. It is a fruit which is rich in manganese, magnesium and iron, and contains other minerals that help maintain a healthy blood pressure and heart rate. Even though this fruit is high in calories, it doesn’t contain any saturated fats or cholesterol, that are the culprits behind heart disease. It is also rich in simple sugar and is an instant source of energy when eaten. It can even be eaten when unripe and has a unique flavor.

Even other parts of jackfruit can be used such as its seeds and the wood. The fruit seeds are very rich in proteins and are used in various forms in south India. The fruit seeds are often boiled, roasted and even fried and are a great snack. They are also used as a condiment in various south Indian dishes. The wood from the tree is used for making musical instruments like drums, flutes, veena’s, mridangam’s etc. It is also used for making furniture. Thus, the jackfruit tree can provide other benefits apart from just eating the fruit.

Jackfruit is considered a delicacy and can be used for entrées, and even in salads. Owing to its sugar content, it can also be used for jams and jellies. Below is a recipe for jackfruit jam:

Ingredients:

1/2 medium sized jackfruit-make sure it is ripe before using in this jam.

300 grams jaggery or sugar

2.5 tsp pure ghee or clarified butter

1/2 cup water

Method:

The first step is to remove the seeds and cut the fruit in small size pieces and add ½ a cup of water. Take a pan and put it on medium high heat to boil the jackfruit in the water. After it comes to a boil, keep stirring the mixture for about 20 minutes. Make sure you stir at regular intervals so that it does not settle at the bottom and doesn’t get burnt. After about 20 minutes, remove from the heat and set it aside. Let the mixture cool down till it forms a jelly. After that, break the jaggery into small pieces, or alternately, grind the sugar. If using jaggery, dissolve in warm water. Add the ground sugar or jaggery to the pulp. Mix thoroughly and remove lumps, if any.

Take another pan and put the mixture in it. Cook it on low flame, stirring at regular intervals of times to prevent burning and lumping. After 3-4 minutes, add 2.5 tsp. of ghee.  Mix well and take it off the heat. Allow this to cool down and enjoy the jam. Store in a air tight container. It should last for at least 2 months.

This post is part of a series on health foods. I have previously written about Avocado, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Dates, Eggs, Fennel, Green chickpeas, Honey and Iceberg lettuce. Coming up: Kidney Beans  Do visit and live healthy!

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  1. Gauri

    Well written. Keep it up

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