When you cut the jackfruit in half, you'll note its light green flesh, and a layer of seeds. These are easily scooped out with a spoon. Deseeded jackfruit can be chopped, cubed or sliced as per individual preference or recipe requirement.
· In India, jackfruit is eaten raw or used in curries, soups, and stews.
· It also flavours various deserts and is a common ingredient in fruit salads.
· In most countries, the fruit is either cooked with rice or eaten raw. Many cultures do not wait for the jackfruit to ripen but prepare it when it is still relatively small, unripe and crunchy.
· Certain recipes from Australia suggest serving jackfruit gravy over lamb or pickling the small unripe fruits. The other recipes are jackfruit patties, casserole, salad.
How to store jackfruit, phanas, fanas, kathal
Jackfruits turn brown and deteriorate quickly after ripening. Cold storage trials indicate that ripe fruits can be kept for 3 to 6 weeks at 52° to 55°F (11.11°-12.78°C) and relative humidity of 85 to 95%.
Health benefits of jackfruit, phanas, fanas, kathal
Jack fruit is rich in antioxidants
carotenoids (the pigments that give jackfruit its yellow colour), which helps improve vision and reduce inflammation in the body and also help ward off harmful free radicals which other wise can be a cause of chronic diseases like heart disease
. Its high vitamin C
is a good way to build immunity and fight bacteria and viruses. The potassium
in it might help manage high blood pressure
. Jackfruit is also loaded with carbs and thus a good source of energy. But this reasons makes it not so wise choice for weight watchers
. However more research on its affect on blood sugar level is under is yet needed.