James Barnor
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OMG, So how can a fruit be so big and heavy?

The first time I saw a Jackfruit was in Guadeloupe where I tasted it made into a jam. The second time was in Ghana about 5yrs ago eating the sweet yellow flesh. I was given a Jackfruit which I left for 3 days to soften. During which time watched some informative YouTube videos on how to prepare.

What is Jackfruit? Jackfruit comes from the fruit of the Jack Tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus) that grows in tropical countries. It is part of the moraceae plant family which includes fig, mulberry, and breadfruit. It is known to be one of the largest tree fruit that can be eaten ripe or unripe but cooked for flavour.

How to prepare
It was advised to saturate hands in coconut oil to avoid sticking to the white gluey stuff that oozed out –  I also used plastic gloves whilst dissecting the fruit. Presently surprised that the fruit was still unripe. I separated the white stringy flesh from the seeds which took about 1 hour.

Boiled the seeds for about 15 minutes, which taste like horse chestnut and gave a nice crunch in a mixed salad.

Jackfruit BurgerI sautéed onions, peppers, seasoning, soya sauce, salt and added shredded jackfruit to a frying pan for about 15mins – until a brownish colour.

Putting generous amount inside a bun – the taste test – so yummy I ate 2 burgers. The rest of the jackfruit I froze. If you are a vegetarian and looking for a meat substance – this is a great option.

BenefitsThe flesh is high in vitamin C, A, potassium, dietary fiber, and essential minerals. Seeds are a source of protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. High water content fruit that is good for bowel movement. However, its been noted not to drink milk, fizzy drinks or water after eating Jackfruit.

Mother nature is wonderful by bearing fruit.

Bless Sister E

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