Artocarpus heterophyllus ,also known as jack tree or jakfruit.
is a species of tree in the Artocarpus genus of themulberry family .
It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia, and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of India, in present-day Kerala,in Tamil Nadu , coastal Karnataka and Maharashtra.
The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 80 pounds (36 kg) in weight, 36 inches in length, and 20 inches in diameter.
The jackfruit tree is a widely cultivated and popular food item in tropical regions of India,Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Jackfruit is also found across Africa , as well as throughout Brazil and in Caribbean nations such as Jamaica.
Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh.
It is also widely cultivated in southeast Asia.
The flesh of the jackfruit is starchy and fibrous and is a source of dietary fiber.
The flavor is comparable to a combination of apple, pineapple, mango and banana.
Ripe jackfruit is naturally sweet with subtle flavoring.
It can be used to make a variety of dishes, including custards, cakes, halo-halo and more.
In India, when the Jackfruit is in season, an ice cream chain store called "Naturals" carries Jackfruit flavored ice cream.
Ripe jackfruit arils are sometimes seeded, fried or freeze-dried and sold as jackfruit chips.
The edible jackfruit is made of soft, easily-digestible flesh.
A portion of 100 g of edible raw jackfruit provides about 95 calories and is a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C, providing about 13.7 mg.
Jackfruit seeds are rich in protein.
The fruit is also rich in potassium, calcium, and iron.
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