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The Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is considered the largest fruit in the world. Because there are fruits of up to 50kg, although it’s usual weight is between 30 and 35 kilos. The jackfruit comes from South Asia, and is in fact the national fruit of Bangladesh. Technically speaking the jackfruit is from the and breadfruit family from Asia. This is why the Jackfruit is commonly used in South and Southeast Asian cuisines. Both the ripe seeds and the unripe fruit are consumed.
At first glance it is not an appetizing fruit… Its dimensions are exorbitant for what we usually expect from a fruit: 90 centimeters long and 40 centimeters wide! In addition, with its greenish color when it’s not yet ripe, it does not encourage to try it because it has a rough texture and protuberances. And when it ripens, its odor is not attractive either. And the color does not improve, it gets to a dark brown color, similar to ripe banana.
This fruit takes advantage of everything. So it can also be considered a good substitute for meat because, without going through any chemical processing process, jackfruit already has a texture that resembles pork or chicken meat.
Interestingly, jackfruit seeds do have a high protein content, which even exceeds lentils. While the pulp of this fruit has 1.5 grams, its seeds have 6 grams of protein. These seeds can be taken cooked and cooked as if they were legumes, or toasted to take as a snack in the middle of the morning.
Jackfruit can be considered a superfood because it provides us with a series of phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals that are very beneficial, but among which its high content of vitamin A, which favors skin health, stands out.
In addition, the amount of calcium that can be found in the jackfruit is similar to that of milk, but precisely because this fruit also has a high vitamin C intake, we are helping our body to assimilate that calcium much better. And we have the guarantee that both contributions come from a natural power source. As its seeds are also edible, and they are delicious, we can differentiate between the contributions of its pulp and its seeds. In the case of proteins, carbohydrates and fiber.