The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), also known as jack tree, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack or jak) is a species of tree in the Artocarpus genus of the mulberry family (Moraceae). It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia, and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of India, in present-day Kerala, in Tamil Nadu (in Panruti), coastal Karnataka and Maharashtra. The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 80 pounds (36 kg) in weight, 36 inches (90 cm) in length, and 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter.
The jackfruit tree is a widely cultivated and popular food item in tropical regions of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Jackfruit is also found across Africa (e.g., in Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Mauritius), as well as throughout Brazil, western central Mexico and in Caribbean nations such as Jamaica. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh.
Jackfruit is a sweet and delicious fruit with many health benefits. It contains high amount of carbohydrate and calorie that provides energy instantly. It is rich in antioxidants which protect from cancer, ageing and degenerative disease.
Due to rich antioxidants it increases eye vision and protect from cataract and macular degeneration. It is a good source of potassium which maintains fluid and electrolyte level in balance. Also it improves bone and skin health. So eating jackfruit is a good choice which provides excellent taste, nutrition and health benefits.Vitamins and Minerals
Jackfruit is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamin-C, provides about 13.7 mg or 23% of RDA as well as fiber and vitamin A.
t is one of the rare fruits that is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. Also is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
|Vitamin C||63.27 mg||37.0||0.4||very good|
|Vitamin B6||2.88 mg||25.3||0.1||good|