What Are The Health Benefits Of JackFruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)?

JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO Monday, September 27, 2021 Science and Nature

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History of Jack Fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as jack tree, is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family (Moraceae). Its origin is in the region between the Western Ghats of southern India, all of Sri Lanka and the rainforests of Malaysia. The jack tree is well-suited to tropical lowlands, and is widely cultivated throughout tropical regions of the world. It bears the largest fruit of all trees, reaching as much as 55 kg (120 pounds) in weight, 90 cm (35 inches) in length, and 50 cm (20 inches) in diameter. A mature jack tree produces some 200 fruits per year, with older trees bearing up to 500 fruits in a year. The jackfruit is a multiple fruit composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and the fleshy petals of the unripe fruit are eaten. The ripe fruit is sweet (depending on variety) and is more often used for desserts. Canned green jackfruit has a mild taste and meat-like texture that lends itself to being called a "vegetable meat". The word jackfruit comes from Portuguese jaca, which in turn is derived from the Malayalam language term chakka (Malayalam: chakka pazham), when the Portuguese arrived in India at Kozhikode (Calicut) on the Malabar Coast (Kerala) in 1499. Later the Malayalam name (cakka) was recorded by Hendrik van Rheede (1678–1703) in the Hortus Malabaricus, vol. iii in Latin. Henry Yule translated the book in Jordanus Catalani's (fl.?1321–1330) Mirabilia descripta: the wonders of the East. This term is in turn derived from the Proto-Dravidian root ka(y) ("fruit, vegetable"). The common English name "jackfruit" was used by physician and naturalist Garcia de Orta in his 1563 book Colóquios dos simples e drogas da India. Centuries later, botanist Ralph Randles Stewart suggested it was named after William Jack (1795–1822), a Scottish botanist who worked for the East India Company in Bengal, Sumatra, and Malaya. The jackfruit was domesticated independently in South Asia and Southeast Asia, as indicated by the Southeast Asian names which are not derived from the Sanskrit roots. It was probably first domesticated by Austronesians in Java or the Malay Peninsula. The fruit was later introduced to Guam via Filipino settlers when both were part of the Spanish Empire. It is the national fruit of Bangladesh.

Health Benefits of Jack Fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

  • To avoid wrinkles on your skin take a seed of jackfruit and grind it smoothly in cold milk for some time. Apply this paste on your face regularly to keep fine lines away
  • Since jackfruit seeds are high in proteins and other micronutrients, they help in managing mental stress levels and various other skin diseases
  • Jackfruit seeds are a great source of iron which is a component of hemoglobin thereby eliminating anemia
  • Jackfruit seeds help in maintaining good eyesight as they contain Vitamin A
  • The powdered jackfruit seeds are known to give instant relief from indigestion
  • Jackfruit seeds comprise high quality proteins which aids in building muscles

Side Effects of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

No serious side effects of eating jackfruit have been reported. Eating jackfruit is safe for most people. Some people may be allergic to it if they are also allergic to birch pollen, hence may need to avoid eating the fruit.

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