Jackfruit, often hailed for its unique shape and flavour, is not merely a tropical staple but a well-known fountain of health benefits; including antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. In this article, we delve into what this incredible fruit really is, some of the key benefits of ripe jackfruit, its nutritional value, and its many versatile uses.
Known as ‘Kathal’ in Hindi and 'Kos' in Sri Lanka, jackfruit is an exotic fruit distinguished by its large size and spiky, hard outer shell. It is native to the rainforests of the Western Ghats of India, but is also commonly found in other parts of South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and Brazil.
A variety of jackfruit types are cultivated; Sri Lanka alone is home to notable varieties like Fatherlong, Maharagama, Kothmale, Hirosh, Mandoor, and the Singapore or Ceylon Jackfruit. Peak jackfruit season starts from March to June, as well as a shorter season from November to January.
There are a multitude of nutrients in ripe jackfruit, including a high dose of vitamins A, C and the B-complex group of vitamins, with significant amounts of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. Ripe jackfruit also contains, potassium, calcium, magnesium and organic acids.
The high fibre content and low calorie profile makes jackfruit ideal for weight loss. The rich, filling quality also combats overeating, and helps with portion management, gut health and not increasing weight through proper digestive health management.
Its rich antioxidant and vitamin C content strengthen the body's natural defences. These benefits can be enjoyed in dried jackfruit in addition to the fresh fruit, making it a versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed regularly.
Ripe jackfruits contain nutrients that have capability to reduce various conditions such as high blood pressure, heart diseases and strokes. Jackfruit is also rich in potassium which contributes towards lowering blood pressure.
Ripe jackfruit helps with improving skin and bone health, from the high magnesium that aids in the absorption of calcium, to the vitamin C content that is great for oral health and skin through the production of collagen.
The iron in jackfruit helps to prevent anaemia and promotes good blood circulation. As iron intake a particular concern during pregnancy, the iron in ripe jackfruit is also beneficial for expecting mothers looking to increase their nutrient intake. If you have ever wondered if pregnant women can eat jackfruit, the answer is yes, though in moderation.
Among the many benefits of ripe jackfruit is its anti-inflammatory nature, which can alleviate symptoms of conditions such as arthritis.
Is jackfruit vegan? Yes! The surge in plant-based diets has brought jackfruit to the limelight as one of the healthy meat substitutes that has wowed both vegans and meat eaters alike.
Its texture, when unripe, resembles that of pulled pork or chicken, making it a popular choice among vegans and vegetarians. For eco-conscious eaters, cultivating jackfruit is an environmentally friendly crop choice as it contributes to sustainable agriculture due to its low maintenance and high yield.
Jackfruit's neutral taste in its young form allows it to take on a wide range of flavours, ideal as a heart-healthy hero in savoury dishes like curries, tacos, and burgers.
Due to its versatile nature, jackfruit segments can be consumed both fresh and preserved dry or in brine to extend its shelf life and enjoy the fruit's flavour year-round. Miditer’s Organic Young Jackfruit Chunks in Brine is a perfect way to enjoy jackfruit at any time, in a multitude of dishes.
The seeds of the jackfruit are starchy and can be boiled, roasted, or turned into flour, serving as a carbohydrate source in various recipes.
Eating ripe jackfruit in dessert is a tropical treat your taste buds will be delighted by. It can be used either as the main ingredient or as an enhancer, adding a unique flavour and dense nutritional profile. Miditer’s Organic Ripe Jackfruit Pieces are a wonderful addition to your sweet treats, and is a great snack all on its own!
We offer a comprehensive range of jackfruit products available for bulk purchasing, catering to various industries from food service to retail. With Miditer, you have the opportunity to enhance your product line and meet the growing demand for health-conscious and sustainable options. Our white labeling services also provide a seamless way to expand your offerings.
Partnering with Miditer means aligning with a movement that values sustainability and innovation. Contact us today to explore how our jackfruit range can transform your business and place you at the forefront of a global food trend.