Unique for its size, delicious jack fruit is rich in energy, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. As like other tropical fruits such as durian, banana etc the fruit is also rich in energy. Nevertheless, it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, making it one of healthy fruits to savor!
The jack fruit tree is believed to be indigenous to the South-western rain forests of India. It is widely cultivated in the tropical regions of Indian subcontinent, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brazil for its fruit, seeds, and wood. The tree grows best under tropical humid and rainy climates but rarely survives cold and frosty conditions. Jack fruit is a huge tree that grows to as high as 30 meters, higher than the mango tree. During the season, each tree bears as many as 250 large fruits, supposed to be the largest tree-borne fruits in the world. The fruit varies widely in size, weigh from 3 to 30 kg, and has oblong or round shape measuring 10 cm to 60 cm in length, 25 to 75 cm in diameter. The unripe fruits are green; when ripen, might turn to light brown colour and spread a strong sweet, fruity smell.
Jack Fruits Nutritional Benefits
- Jack fruits is made of soft ,easy digestible flesh (bulbs) with simple sugar like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalize the body instantly.
- Jack fruits is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative .The fibre content helps to protect the colon mucous, membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer casing chemicals in the colon.
- Fresh fruits has small amount of vitamin –A and flavonoid pigment such as carotene-β xanthin, lutein and cryproxanthin-β Together ,these compounds play with vital roles in antioxidant and vision function . Vitamin A is also required fotr maintaining integrity of mucus memd.