You may have never seen or heard of Jackfruit. I hadn’t until a month or so ago. Karen (passionate cook and foodie), our office manager and crazy impersonator of Julia Childs brought one into our office and I was rather amazed.
It’s huge!! Don’t let it’s size intimidate you. They can weigh over 50 pounds. Most often what you find in the stores weigh between 10 and 15 pounds. When you cut open the jackfruit you will see pods of darker yellow/gold flesh surrounded by fibrous flesh that you couldn’t eat if you wanted to. The seeds are also edible and nutritious. Jackfruit is a member of the latex family. If you have latex allergies you should avoid the jack fruit.
The ripe fruit taste surprisingly like Juicy Fruit gum. Yes, it’s a bit different but good. The fruit is also edible unripe and has more of a meaty savory flavor.
So what does the Jackfruit offer? Actually, as you read on you will find it is a powerful super-food with great health benefits!
Jackfruit is rich in many nutrients and powerful antioxidants. It has Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and the minerals, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, sodium and manganese. Additionally, it is very rich in many diverse antioxidants that protect cells from aging, cancer and the cellular destruction from toxins.
Jackfruit has a wide range of antioxidants also known as phytonutrients. Some of those found in jackfruit are lignans, isoflavones, cartanoids and saponins and these have health benefits that are wide-ranging. These phytonutrients have anticancer, anti-hypertensive (high blood pressure), anti-ulcer and anti-aging properties. The antioxidants found in jackfruit can prevent the forming of cancer cells in the body, can lower blood pressure, can fight against stomach ulcers, and can slow down the aging and destruction of cells that make the skin look young and vibrant. Jackfruit also has niacin known as vitamin B3 which is necessary for energy metabolism, nerve function, and the synthesis of certain hormones.
At present, there is great interest in the scientific community in the functional properties of jackfruit because of its antioxidant, anticancer potential and ability to fight vascular diseases and skin diseases. The jackfruit could be considered a functional food because it has valuable compounds in different parts of the fruit that provide medicinal benefits. All parts of the jackfruit including, leaves, stems and seeds are edible and have medicinal properties.
If you feel adventuresome and want a great culinary experience go buy a jackfruit, enjoy it and then tell me what you think about jackfruit!! You will most likely find jackfruit in Asian supermarkets.
To a Long and Healthy Life!
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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