Jamaican Foods

Jackfruit – Caribbean Super Food Could Replace Staple Crops Threatened by Climate Change

Jackfruit
Written by StephanieK

The exotic jackfruit is being hailed as a “miracle” crop and super food that could mean the answer to millions of people worldwide who face potential starvation if their staple crops expire due to climate change. The giant jackfruit looks prehistoric and has a strong smell, but it offers many benefits as a food crop. It is the largest tree-born fruit on the planet, weighing between ten and 100 pounds, and its seeds – of which there are hundreds – contain potassium, protein, calcium, and iron, all elements that are critical for human growth. And the fruit is not only good as a food product: its leaves provide feed for farm animals like goats, its orange bark can be used to make dye, a latex substance produced by the tree can be used as glue, and its wood can be sold and used as timber. Jackfruit trees can provide as many as 150 fruits during the two harvest seasons typically experienced each year. One jackfruit yields hundreds of lobes, each of which containing a seed that is high in nutrients. One-fifth of a pound of the fruit is just 95 calories. Just 10 or 12 of the fruit lobes are sufficient to satisfy a person’s need for food for half a day, and one entire fruit could provide an entire meal for a family. Jackfruit can be eaten ripe when it is soft and fruity or when it is green and similar to a potato. In Southeast Asia, the fruit’s versatility is shown in the many ways it can be prepared, including stir fry, juice, chips, ice cream and even flour for baking.

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