Jackfruit, the largest known tree-born fruit in the world with a wide-ranging health benefits and traditional cures. This organic superfood is commonly used as part of most Asian cuisine.
It is believed to have originated in rain forest of southwestern India. The fruit tree was then cultivated in Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. French explorers brought some jackfruit plants with them and were introduced to Jamaica by late 17th century. By the 1800s, this exotic organic superfood became a common fruit in Florida.
With a botanical name artcarpus heterophyllus and belonging to moraceae family, jackfruit can grow into a huge tree that can reach as high as 30 meters and produces a magnificent fruit. An outlandish organic superfood that is similar to durian, except for the smell and tastes. A single fruit can weigh about 3 to 30 kgs and house about 100 to 500 seeds. Do you know that a single jackfruit tree can bear as many as 250 huge fruits in one season? Not an easy fruit to bring along and peel, but you will easily fall in love with its bulb shaped flesh that is incredibly sweet when ripe and kind of taste like chicken when unripe, making it ideal for people in a vegetarian diet. When the time is right, its awesome sweet smell will call and say… pick me up now!
Here are some nutritional content and surprising health benefits of this organic superfood.
Carbohydrates and simple sugar like sucrose and fructose to replenish and boost your energy level without spiking up your blood sugar.
Dietary fiber to enhance your gastrointestinal health by protecting the colon mucous membrane from cancer causing chemicals.
Vitamin A and carotenes to protect you from oral and lung cancers.
Vitamin C to strengthen your immune system and fight off free radicals that damages your body cells which can lead to cancer.
Essential mineral like potassium to help maintain normal blood pressure and the circulatory system which reduces the risk of stroke, iron to prevent anemia by regulating the supply of fresh red blood cells, calcium and magnesium for stronger teeth and bones, and copper that ensures normal production of hormones and fend off anxiety and depression.
Jackfruit is truly an organic superfood that is big in size and big on nutrition. Sometimes size does matter.
As the saying goes… “Too much of everything can be bad” so therefore eat this fruit in moderation. May cause allergic reaction to individuals with hypersensitivity to jackfruit and birch pollen. For safety concerns, pregnant and breast feeding mothers should avoid jackfruit. Do not use the fruit or any parts of the plants without consulting your health care provider.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.Photo by: Images.wisegeek.com