In my childhood home in Kolkata, we have a small backyard. In an unpaved corner, my grandfather had planted a Jackfruit tree.I grew up eating fruit from our own tree, even in an urban setup.That was the beginning of my love for plants and trees.The shade of this tree made our home cool, even in the scorching summers.
In Bengali, the young tender jackfruit is called echor and the ripe variety ,kathal.The fruit is great cooked raw as a savoury dish, or eaten as a ripe fruit.Either way, it’s delicious if had at the right time.It has a tough slightly spiky outer skin and a very sticky inner gum ,which needs to be removed before the fruit can be enjoyed.
The seed of the fruit when dried and fried and gives a wonderful nutty flavour in dishes.The seeds can be boiled, fried or baked.Echor as the raw variety can be made into mouth-watering spicy dishes.It is often cooked just like mutton , with all spices possible.It makes a delicious nonvegetarian variation called echor chingri with prawns!
It’s a rich source of Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine and is a rare fruit which has significant amounts of B complex vitamins.It also has some amount of Vitamin C, E .The fresh fruit is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron.
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Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh.It is the largest of all fruits, weighing between 4.5 to 30 kg Jackfruit is a multiple aggregate fruit It is actually an inflorescence where each floret turns into a fruit
Jackfruit trees have up to 150 jackfruits during two yearly harvests.They grow in very hot climates and the tough skin of the fruits is a natural deterrent to pests.Jackfruit is grown across several countries of south and south-east Asia ,providing for some of the planet’s poorest and most populous countries.
India is the largest producer of Jackfruits an economically important tree.It is also an ornamental tree, popular for bringing good luck to the household.
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