Update: 3/19/2013

Jackfruit seeds are the seeds or pods that are encased in the sweet, yellow pulp or flesh of the jackfruit. The jackfruit contains multiple pods that are encased in an oblong, slightly prickly, hard geen-yellow-brown exterior.

The fruit grows on trees, and the flesh of the fruit is shaped in bulbs, yellow colored and slightly banana-like in flavor.

Jackfruit and Jackfruit Seeds
Jackfruit pulp can be eaten fresh, stir-fried or made into a juice or smoothie. The seeds of the jackfruit plant are slightly knobby and can be boiled, eaten, roasted or fried.

They have a taste and texture similar to chestnuts and can be preserved by brining, soaking in syrup or freezing. Dried jackfruit seeds can also be ground into a flour.
Jackfruit Seeds - Macronutrients
One portion of 100 g of edible fresh jackfruit seeds has approximately 98 calories, 0.4 g of fat, 6.6 g of protein, 38.4 g of carbohydrates and 1.5 g of fiber. The seeds contain 51.6 to 57.77 g of moisture per 100 g serving.

Jackfruit Seeds: Other Nutrients
One 100 g serving of jackfruit seeds contains 1.25 to 1.5 g of ash, 0.05 to 0.55 mg of calcium, 0.13 to 0.23 mg of phsphorus, 0.002 to 1.2 mg of iron, 2 mg of sodium, 407 g of potassium, 540 international units of vitamin A, 0.03 mg of thiamine, 4 mg of niacin, and 8 to 10 mg of ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C.

According to Purdue University, the fresh seeds are considered to be a high starch, low calcium and iron food but a good source of both vitamin B1 and vitamin B12.

Jackfruit flesh can be boiled and salted and served like a vegetable. It can be eaten before the fruit is fully ripe or when it is ripened.

When not quite ripe, the jackfruit flesh will produce a gummy substance. Jackfruit has been used in both savory and sweet dishes.

It can be dried or fried to produce something similar to potato chips, and when cooked unripened, it can substitute for plantain. Boiled jackfruit and milk also make a popular sweet custard dish that tastes like an orange. Sweet jackfruit dishes include chutneys, jams, jellies, fruit smoothies and ice creams.
Read more: - By Isabelle Hannigan
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