The Biggest Fruit From A Tree – Jackfruit
Did you know a jack tree can produce up to 100-200 fruits a year? Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit and can weigh up to 80lb. Each jackfruit is actually a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and the fleshy meat is actually the petals of the flowers.
Kerala is the largest producer of jackfruit in the world. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and the state fruit of the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Jack tree wood is termite-proof and widely used in the manufacture of furniture, doors and windows. It is also commonly used in building Kerala houseboats.
Jackfruit is available fresh in Asian supermarkets or in cans at Whole Foods supermarkets. Unless you are very adventurous, I recommend buying jackfruit ready–to-eat. The latex in the jackfruit skin sticks to everything, your knife, kitchen counter, etc.; better to leave it to the professionals to extract the delicious jackfruit flesh.
Jackfruit is high in dietary fiber and vitamin B6. There are many ways to enjoy jackfruit:
- Pilipino desert, Halo-halo din the Philippines
- Blend into a smoothie
- Jackfruit dosas
- Slow-cook green jackfruit and create meatless carnitas for tacos
- Green jackfruit curry
- Simply dehydrate it into dried jackfruit chips
Come to see the jackfruit trees in our spice plantation visit and the Kerala houseboat in our S. India tours.