Jack fruit – Official State Fruit of Kerala
Jack fruit – Malayalam : ചക്ക (Chakka) is known as the jack of all fruits. It is considered the largest tree-borne fruit in the world with an average weight of 3.5 kg to 10 kg and can reach up to 25 kg. Jackfruit is sweet in taste and has a distinguishable and nice smell.
The Government of Kerela officially declared the jackfruit as Kerela‘s official fruit on 21st March of 2018. Before the official declaration, most of the people considered The nutritious Jackfruit that is found abundantly in Kerala, as the State Fruit of Kerala.
Jackfruit – Jack of all fruits
The jackfruit tree is a widely cultivated and popular food item in Kerala. Many varieties of Jackfruits can find in Kerala. Varikka chakka, Then varikka, Sindoora Varikka, Pazham Plaavu are the main varieties.
Health Benefits of Jackfruit
Jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, phytonutrients, carbohydrate, electrolytes, fiber, fat and protein. This fruit also contains calorie but no cholesterol or saturated fats. Consume jack fruit for the best taste, nutrition and its many health benefits.
High Vitamin C in Jackfruit Optimizes Immune System. Jackfruit is a rich source of dietary fiber that makes it a bulk laxative. This helps to improve digestion and prevents constipation.
Jack Fruit – Calorie and Vitamins
Jackfruit is enriched with vitamin C and A, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, potassium iron, zinc, sodium and folic acid.
- Jack fruit is low in calories .100 gm of Jack fruit contains only 94 calories
- Jack fruit contains minerals, fiber, protein, and is free of fats and bad cholesterol
- It is antibacterial and antiviral which is a great support to the immune system
- Jack fruit is one of the few fruits rich in B-complex group vitamins as well as vitamin B6
Jackfruit and Diabetic Patients
Unripe Jack fruit and dishes prepared with unripe jackfruit are safely consumed by diabetics because it slowly absorbs sugar into the bloodstream which enables diabetic patients to safely consume it while getting all its health benefits.
Misconceptions about Health Benefits of Jack Fruit
1. Weight loss agent
Jackfruit is a fat free and low calorie food. So it will not cause for fat body. But jackfruit cannot help in weight loss. There is no medicinal content in jackfruit to reduce weight or fat in human body. As it is a free fat and low calorie fruit, dieters can consume safely.
2. Blood Pressure Reducer
High content of potassium in jackfruit helps to controls blood pressure, but do not reduce. Other food habits and lifestyle will result high blood pressure.
3. Cure Cancer
Jackfruit or any other fruits have no magical power to cure Cancer or treat cell damages. Vitamin C and antioxidant contents in jackfruit empower the immune system.
4. Diabetes friendly
Unripe jack fruit, and dishes prepared with unripe jackfruit are safely consumed by diabetics. Unripe jackfruit is safely consumed by diabetics because it slowly absorbs sugar into the bloodstream which enables diabetic patients to safely consume it while getting all its health benefits. It also increases glucose tolerance for both types of diabetes.
5. Digestion improve
High content of fiber and mineral contents in Jackfruit helps a quick digestion. But, high consumption of unripe jackfruit or unripe jackfruit dishes may cause for stomach pain
Jack fruit – Seeds
Jack Tree Wood
Jack tree strains, which are over 20 years old, have good strength and Thickness. Thick timber of Jack tree is used to make furniture and build houses in Kerala.