The jackfruit is produced by the Artocarpus heterophyllus jack tree, a kind of tree belonging to the Moraceae family that also includes mulberries, breadfruit, and figs. An established jackfruit tree can yield up to 200 fruits annually, and elder plants can yield up to 500 fruits. The fleshy petals of the unripe fruit are consumed, and the jackfruit is a multi-fruit made up of hundreds to thousands of individual blooms.


Jackfruit can be used either as ripe fruit or as unripe fruit. Ripe jackfruit is naturally sweet, with subtle pineapple- or banana-like flavor. It can be combined with shaved ice or used to produce a range of foods, such as cakes and custards. The fruit is used as an ingredient together with rice in the southern Indian breakfast meal called idlis, puttu,Kumbilappam / Edannayappam etc. You can make jackfruit dosas by pulverizing the jackfruit flesh with the batter. Sometimes ripe jackfruit arils are offered as jackfruit chips after being seeded, fried, or freeze-dried.

The unripe fruit has a mild taste and meat-like texture that imparts itself to being called healthy vegetable meat. It is largely used in South and Southeast Asian culinary domains. The seeds of the fruit are edible and have a milky, sweet taste similar to Brazil nuts, they are boiled, baked, roasted, or made into delicious fries and traditional lentil and vegetable curries. Unripe jackfruit are sliced and dried or powderd for long term uses. Jackfruit dried slices or powder brings the tropical goodness of jackfruit in a convenient sliced / powdered form. The ingredients of Jackfruit slice / powder promote digestive health, aids in regular bowel movements, and supports a healthy weight management routine. It is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants, making it a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle. In addition, unripe fruits are seeded and fried, which is sold as jackfruit chips. Even online sites like NatureLoc.com, amazon etc sells dried or powdered jackfruit

This delicious fruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, while in India two southern states – Kerala and Tamil Nadu have professed their love for this fruit by declaring it as official state fruit.


The pulp that can be eaten contains 74% water, 23% carbs, 2% protein, and 1% fat. The main component of carbohydrates is sugar, which also serves as a source of dietary fiber. A 100-gram serving of raw jackfruit has 400 kJ (95 kcal) and is a high source of vitamin B6 (25 percent DV; 20% or more). It has minimal amounts of other micronutrients (10–19% DV) and potassium. The flesh of jackfruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, while its seeds are a good source of protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. In addition, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin B6 are particularly crucial for a healthy nervous system. These nutrients support healthy skin, a strong heart, and effective blood sugar and weight management.


Jack fruit flour is one of the most searched products now days over the internet. Jackfruit powder has gained a lot of attention these days from the media and also the health enthusiasts across the globe. It lowers obesity and poor cholesterol levels. Its high potassium and high antioxidant and flavonoid content prevent hypertension and cancer, respectively. Additionally, jackfruit flour or powder improves the body’s ability to absorb iron, which makes it a highly effective treatment for anemia.

There are a lot of benefits for Jackfruit flour. It is now one of the top products sought for weight loss and diabetics control. Jackfruit has a lot of vitamins and minerals namely vitamin C, iron, potassium, etc which naturally substitutes for the nutrient deficiency happening in our body. It also has high fiber content which slows down the sugar release into the blood there by controlling the sugar level in our blood. The high fiber content in jackfruit also improves the digestion and metabolism of the body helping in weight loss.

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Jackfruit Varatty

Jackfruit Varatty/ Chakka Varatty is one of the oldest and most traditional sweets of Kerala.  The process is simple but time-consuming, jackfruit/chakka bulbs are sliced and kept on a wood fire on a traditional brick oven/stove. After cooking it, melted jaggery is added over it along with ghee and condiments like cardamom and cooked for another 1-2 hours until it becomes a halwa-like structure. But unlike halwas, Jackfruit Varatty is highly fibrous in texture. Adding Marayoor Jaggery/ Sharkara to cook

Jackfruit/Chakka Varatty enhances the taste as well as the aroma. Jackfruit/ Chakka Varatty is every Keralites’ local, traditional savoury sweet for all year round.

Chakka varuthathu or jackfruit chips is one of the popular teatime snacks in these parts of the world. Matured jackfruit before ripe is used for making this traditional recipe. Although the extraction of edible segments (Chakka Chola) from the jackfruit is a tedious process, preparation of jackfruit chips from the sliced and shaped jackfruit segments or Chakka chola is an easy process. This edible snack is one of the most popular homemade snacks of Kerala. Once prepared, this tasty and crispy jackfruit chips can be stored for two or three weeks in an airtight container.

jackfruit Slices

Since jackfruits are not available all-round the year, raw and matured jackfruits can be sliced, dried and stored for later use. These sun dried jackfruit slices can be used for the preparation of various jackfruit recipes like Chakka puzhukku, pickles and jackfruit chips. The seeds are also edible and taste similar to chestnuts.

How to prepare Chakka puzhukku with Dried Jackfruit Slices?
Soak 250gm of dried jackfruit slices in clean water for 3 – 3½ hours. The water should be on level with the jackfruit slices. Once it is soaked for 3 – 3½ hours, the dried jackfruit pieces would drink up the water and increase its size. Now, remove the remaining water and take the jackfruit pieces. Transfer it to a steamer and cook it for half an hour. Close the lid of the vessel while cooking. (In between, check whether the jackfruit is cooked or not) Meanwhile, ground the sufficient quantity of grated coconut, green chillies, turmeric powder, curry leaves and shallots to form a coarse mixture. Keep it aside. Once it is cooked, water presence would be less as reduced through evaporation. Now add the coarse coconut mixture on top and sprinkle some salt for the taste. Close the lid and simmer it for few minutes. When the steam comes again, open the lid and mix the ingredients with a ladle. The recipe will be of a greenish yellow texture. When it is ready, serve it hot with Bird’s eye chilli chutney (Kantari mulaku chutney) or other veg or non-veg side dishes.

Jackfruit puttupodi is a new special unique product from NatureLoc.com. Prepare and relish delicious puttu podi with the Natureloc Puttu Podi. This vegetarian puttu podi contains the goodness of jackfruit along with rice flour, all of which are known to be healthy and delicious. It is a good source of fibre and is perfect for snacking. You can have it for breakfast, or an evening snack with your family. The soft texture and delicious flavour are sure to enliven your senses and leave a memorable aftertaste. You can grate coconut or use any other substitute for a satiable filling.

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