Jackfruit is a tree native to Southeast Asia. The fruit has a spiky green covering with white flesh inside. It is considered to be the largest tree borne fruit. The seeds of the furit are taken from the ripe fruit and then dried for use in either in curries or as part of roasted snacks. The seeds of jackfruit which are big oval shaped and have a milky taste are often prepared by themselves.
The fruit is known for its distinct sweet and fruit aroma. The flesh is starchy and fibrous. Jackfruit seeds taste like chestnuts and may even be preserved in syrup likewise. The roasted seed is also grounded to make a flour blend with wheat for baking.
Jackfruit/Kathal is rich in B-complex vitamins, containing niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and folic acid. It is a viable source of minerals, such as iron, magnesium, potassium and manganese as well.
As a good source of vitamin C - also a powerful antioxidant - jackfruit offers about 23 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA), which makes it useful in helping fight off infectious agents while scavenging harmful free radicals in the body.Continue Reading