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Jackfruit

Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a common fruit in Southeast Asia; it can be eaten raw as a fruit, or cooked into curries, soups, stew, or dessert. Jackfruit is enormous and prickly; it weighs about 35 pounds in average, and contains up to 500 seeds. Flesh in the fruit is grown into bulbs, and the seeds are wrapped inside each bulb. One interesting fact about jackfruit is the production of latex in the centre of its stem; this sticky fluid makes preparation of the fruit a challenge. In 2010, a 144 pounds jackfruit, the largest jackfruit in record was featured at a jackfruit festival in Kerala, India. Jackfruit smells like a blend of grapefruit, banana and cheese; and it is sweet like a bubble gum.

Nutritional Facts

Jackfruit is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and it is a good source of Vitamin C, Manganese and dietary fiber. One cup of sliced jackfruit contains 155 calories, provides 11 percent of the required daily amount of fiber.

Reference

Love, K. & Paull, R.E. (2011). Jack Fruit. Retrieved from http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/F_N-19.pdf

Nutrient Health Articles (n.d.) Jackfruit Nutrition Facts and Information. Retrieved from http://www.nutrition-health-articles.org/jackfruit-nutrition.php