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25 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Jackfruit | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. The jackfruit tree originated from South Asia. It is a tropical plant, thriving in areas where temperatures are warm and moisture is abundant.
  2. Scientific name of Jackfruit is Artocarpus heterophyllus.
  3. Jackfruit is a big tree that can grow to as high as 30 meters. Almost all the parts of the tree secrete white sticky latex like milk (juice) upon injury.
  4. The jackfruit is recognized as the largest tree fruit which can grow as big as 3 feet long and 18 inches wide and weigh as much as 25 Kg. Jackfruit outer surface is covered with blunt thorn-like projections, which become soft as the fruit ripe.
  5. Jackfruits usually grow from the trunk and larger branches rather than the outer stems of the tree like most fruits do. In a single year, the jackfruit tree can produce as many as 250 fruits.
  6. Amazingly it is also known to grow from the underground roots in some rare cases! In such situations, the fruit cracks the ground over it and emerges outside.
  7. Jackfruit varieties are classified as hard and soft as per the texture of the flesh. “Hard” jackfruits are those that are bigger-sized and have firm flesh. “Soft,” on the other hand, are smaller but sweeter and softer in consistency.
  8. Ripe jackfruit is eaten as a fruit but unripe jackfruit is prepared as a vegetable. Jackfruit is made up 80% of water.
  9. The jackfruit’s flesh is very sweet and aromatic, having been described as having the flavor combination of mango, banana, melon and papaya.
  10. 100 g of edible jackfruit bulbs provide 95 calories. The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible bulbs made up of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose.
  11. Fresh fruit has small but significant amounts of vitamin-A, and flavonoid pigments such as carotene-ß, xanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin-ß. These play vital roles in antioxidant and vision functions. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of mucosa and skin.
  12. Jackfruit is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and harmful free radicals produced due to oxidative stress in the body damaging the DNA of cell and initiating production of cancer cell.
  13. It is one of the rare fruits that is rich in B-complex group of vitamins containing good amounts of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid.
  14. Jackfruit is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron.
  15. Jackfruit contains calcium, which strengthens and promotes healthy bone. This can also prevent osteoporosis. Potassium in jackfruit also decrease the loss of calcium through the kidney and increase bone density.
  16. Jackfruit is rich in vitamins ,Copper, Manganese and Magnesium that are required for blood formation. This also increases your body’s capacity to absorb iron, thus preventing and curing anemia.
  17. The best jackfruit in the world is the peniwaraka, or honey jak, that comes from Sri Lanka.
  18. Each jackfruit contains about 100 to 500 seeds. They are edible and very delicious when roasted or boiled in salted water. They are also made into flour.
  19. Jackfruit is rich in energy but devoid of saturated fats or cholesterol.
  20. Jackfruit slices hand-mixed with grated coconut, honey, banana slices is one of the wonderfully delicious dessert preparations commonly served on festive occasions in Southern India. The fruit is also used in jam, jelly and chutney preparations.
  21. The wood derived from the jackfruit tree is known for its termite and fungus-resistant properties. It is ideal for making furniture, houses, musical instruments and oars. Palaces in the Indonesian island of Bali are made of jackwood.
  22. Extracts from the roots for the jackfruit tree have been traditionally used to treat fever, asthma and diarrhea.
  23. Jackfruit seed can be soaked milk and honey. Grind them into a fine paste and apply on your face. Let it dry, and then wash off to reveal flawless skin.
  24. Dip jackfruit seed in cold milk for a minute and grind this well and apply on the wrinkles. Used in this way, it can reduce facial wrinkles in 6 weeks. You can consume jackfruit seeds directly which detoxifies your system to add a glowing complexion.
  25. The Jackfruit tree is really a wonder tree because every part of it has its own use. The fruits are consumed as food, the leaves are fed to livestock, the tree and branches are valued for the manufacture of wood products and the roots are utilized as medicine. 

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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