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Jack Fruit Juice

Jack Fruit

Jackfruit is a large, oval-shaped tropical fruit that resembles durian but is usually larger. It is considered as the largest fruit growing from a tree, reaching 80 lbs or 36 kg in weight. The fruit is enclosed by a thick, spiky green to yellow skin/shell that covers clusters of fruit parts that each contains a single seed.  

Scientifically called Artocarpus heterophyllus, this fruit belongs to the plant family Moraceae. Jackfruit has a delicate sweet and pungent taste that also depends on the variety.

Jackfruit trees are tall that grow 30-70 ft high, with evergreen, glossy, oval-shaped or oblong leaves. The fruit, when ripe, usually releases a strong odor which some people like and some don’t.

Origin and Distribution

Jackfruit trees grow in a warm, tropical climate. It originates from Indian subcontinent and Asian mainland. Jackfruit has been commonly cultivated throughout India, Burma, Ceylon, Southern China, Malaya, East Indies and in the Philippines. Later, it spread to western countries like Jamaica and Florida where jackfruit trees are now common. Although there are only a few jackfruit trees in South Florida, these are given a huge importance by US Department of Agriculture.

In Asia, jackfruits ripen during the months of March to June, April to September, or June to August, depending on the climate region.

Varieties Of Jackfruit

In Southern India, there are two varieties of jackfruits. One is called “Koozha chakka” which has small, fibrous, mushy and very sweet carpels. Another type, “Koozha pazham” is more popular with crispy, soft and sweet flesh. Some varieties called “Khuja” have juicy pulps and small seeds while others have thin, not so juicy pulps with large seeds, and these are called “Ghila”.

The Juice in Jack fruits

Jackfruits, like any other fruits, are nutritionally rich and have antioxidant in them. Their juice has been traditionally used to help treat asthma, ulcers, skin problems, hypertension and to fight certain types of cancers. The juice is also believed to help get rid of other body problems like jaundice, indigestion, pneumonia and hypoglycemia. The Chinese have also considered jackfruit to improve longevity.

If you’re planning to do some juicing, make sure you pick out fresh jackfruits that have golden colors inside.

Nutrition Facts of Raw Jackfruit

per 100 g

Energy: 94 KCAL

Carbohydrates: 24.01 g

Protein: 1.47 g

Total Fat: 0.3 g

Cholesterol:0mg

Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g

Vitamins

Folates: 14 μg

Niacines: 0. 4 mg

Thiamine: 0.03 mg

Riboflavin: 0.11 mg

Vitamin A: 297 IU

Vitamin C: 6.7 mg

Minerals/Electrolytes

Sodium: 3 mg

Potassium: 303 mg

Calcium: 34mg

Iron: 0.6 mg

Magnesium: 37 mg

Phosphorus: 36 mg

Zinc:0.42 mg

 Jackfruits are very good sources of Vitamins A, C, potassium and calcium as well as other minerals.

Jack Fruit Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 pieces fresh sweet ripe jack fruit bulbs-seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low fat milk or 1 tablespoon condensed milk
  • crushed ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped jack fruit
  • 1 tablespoon raisins

Instructions

In a fruit juicer or regular blender, crush jack fruit together with water, milk and ice cubes until the texture is completely fine, smooth and creamy.

Pour fresh fruit juice into glasses and garnish with chopped jack fruit pieces and sprinkle a few raisins on top.

Serve Cold!

Health Benefits of Drinking Jack fruit Juice?

  • Because jackfruit is very rich in potassium, it is good for the heart and has been proven to regulate blood pressure.
  • It contains an incredible amounts of Vitamin A, hence, drinking jackfruit juice on a regular basis offers healthy, younger-looking skin and better eyesight even as we age.
  • It is also an excellent source of calcium, which means it helps our bones grow stronger.
  • Its fiber content helps in the prevention and cure of indigestions and ulcers.
  • Raw jackfruit and Jackfruit juice has been proven to help people with asthma.

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