Jackfruit: properties, benefits, how to eat

Il jackfruit, the fruit of the Artocarpus heterophyllus plant, is rich in vitamin C and vitamin B, and is useful for the well-being of skin and eyes and for the immune system. Let's find out better.

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Jackfruit: properties, benefits, how to eat



Description of the plant

The jackfruit, sometimes referred to as as about giaca, whose scientific name is Artocarpus heterophyllus, is an exotic fruit with a bizarre appearance, not well known in European markets.

It is the largest tree fruit in the world, being able to reach even one meter in length and half a quintal in weight. The gigantic fruits have a protective peel studded with small spikes, inside which we find numerous seeds covered with fibrous yellow, sweet pulp, whose typical aroma looks like a cross between pineapple and mango.

It is endemic to India and the neighboring countries of South East Asia and has great difficulty growing in countries where temperatures are close to freezing.


Jackfruit, ally of

Well-being of the skin and eyes, blood, heart, colon, immune system


Calories, nutritional values ​​and properties of jackfruit

The jackfruit contains 95 kcal per 100 g.

In addition, 100 g of product contain:

  • 0,6 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 2 mg
  • Potassium 448 mg
  • G carbohydrates 23 
  • Sugars 19 g
  • Fiber 1,5 g
  • 1,7 g protein

It is sometimes counted among the "superfoods", Let's see why. The pulp provides a good amount of calories but is low in fat, plus it has antioxidant properties derived from vitamin C (100 grams contain about a quarter of the average recommended daily dose) and is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin B1, which help to strengthen the immune system.

The dietary fiber of which the fruit is composed is laxative and has the ability to protect the colon from some cancers while the seeds are very rich in proteins.

As for minerals, it is an excellent source of potassium (important for blood pressure), magnesium, iron and calcium. The sugars and calories make it a energizing food, ideal for sportsmen; and all the numerous antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, help the vision health and prevent damage caused by free radicals.


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Jackfruit: properties, benefits, how to eat



None particularly. The only serious danger to health is that of being under the tree when the fruit of several tens of kilograms decides to break away.


Curiosities about jackfruit

Each ripe fruit can contain up to 500 seeds and therefore up to 500 pulp bulbs. It is the fruit symbol of Bangladesh and considered sacred and good wishes in South India.


How to eat jackfruit and how to cook it

I fresh or cooked bulbs of the ripe fruit, the young and unripe fruits cooked, i boiled or fried seeds... there are many possibilities that this fruit offers. In the countries of origin the ripe fruits are cut in two and the bulbs are extracted and emptied of the seed to be consumed or processed in the kitchen or dried or in syrup.

The unripe and green fruits, devoid of pulp and seeds and very rich in fiber, are cooked like vegetables. The seeds are dried or used fresh, often fried or boiled like chestnuts.


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