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As an exotic fruit grown in tropical regions of the world, Jackfruit belongs to the Moraceae plant family, which also includes fig, mulberry and breadfruit. You can see where this is going when it comes to flavor!
The fruit has a sweet, yet subtle, fruity flavor. Most people say that it reminds them of a combination of their favorite fruits – reminiscent of the flavors of apples, pineapples, mangoes and bananas.
There is quite a long list of reported health benefits of Jackfruit, making this perhaps the best fruit around!
Just a few of the health benefits:
With a farily low glycemic index (GI), Jackfruit may benefit blood sugar control.
Flavanones, Carotenoids and Vitamin C are some of the most abundant antioxidants in Jackfruit which may help it to protect against disease.
It is said that Jackfruit may also help to boost immune health with Vitamins A and C. That Vitamin C may contribute to improved skin health as well.
With no saturated fat and no cholesterol coupled with being a good source of potassium, Jackfruit can be a part of a heart-healthy diet.
Jackfruit packs a powerful nutrition profile.
With a moderate amount of calories (155), and an ample amount of protein (3 grams) in a one-cup (165-gram) serving, Jackfruit’s protein punch is well above the average 1-3 grams per cup of similar fruits.
Making this even more impactful, Jackfruit contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need, as well as a decent amount of fiber (3).
One cup of the sliced fruit provides the following (3):
Carbs: 40 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Vitamin A: 10% of the RDI
Vitamin C: 18% of the RDI
Riboflavin: 11% of the RDI
Magnesium: 15% of the RDI
Potassium: 14% of the RDI
Copper: 15% of the RDI
Manganese: 16% of the RDI
Jackfruit is also rich in several types of antioxidants, which are likely responsible for the majority of its health benefits.
Jackfruit is a giant in the fruit world claiming the title of the largest tree fruit around. Even a small Jackfruit weighs in around ten pounds! Some farmers have reported fruit that is more than one hundred pounds.
According to Shyamala Reddy, a biotechnology researcher at the University of Agriculture Sciences in Bangalore, India, “If you just eat ten to twelve bulbs of this fruit, you don’t need food for another half a day.” This means that a single Jackfruit can feed a whole family for a couple of days.
Jackfruit is easy to grow and is drought and disease resistant.
The flesh of the Jackfruit is often used as a meat alternative. Packed with protein and nutrition, just like the seeds. The flesh, like tofu, simply takes on the flavor of what it is cooked with.
Processing Jackfruit is not easy, which may be why you haven’t heard of this amazing fruit before!
We’ve taken the work out of your hands, and hand-crafted this delight in our kitchens.
While Jackfruit takes its roots from India, it is now grown in Mexico, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and beyond!
Jackfruit Smoothie Recipes
Tropical Jackfruit Delight
8 – 10 pieces of fresh Jackfruit
4 – 5 pieces of fresh Mango chunks (also available pre-cut and ready to go)
4 – 5 pieces of Pineapple chunks (also available pre-cut and ready to go)
1 small Banana, in chunks
Canned Coconut Milk
Couple cubes of Ice
Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl away! For a lighter version, you can use coconut water. You can also substitute in some Greek yogurt and water for even more protein.
Honey, I love the Jackfruit!
8 – 10 pieces of fresh Jackfruit
1/2 cup Yogurt
1 Tbsp Honey
1 cup of Ice
Clean and simple, this makes a great, refreshing smoothie in no time! Just toss the three ingredients and some ice into a blender and blend until smooth.
For some added summertime fun, you can freeze either of these smoothies into delicious popsicles!