A single jackfruit can yield hundreds of the small, yellow, fruit lobes (or bulbs) - each of which contain a highly nutritious seed. The fruit itself is a good source of Vitamin C, while the seeds are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. About one-fifth of a pound of the fruit has approximately 95 calories. "It's a miracle. It can provide so many nutrients and calories - everything," says Shyamala Reddy, who is a biotechnology researcher at the University of Agriculture Sciences in Bangalore, India. "If you just eat 10 or 12 bulbs of this fruit, you don't need food for another half a day." The fruit is rich in potassium, calcium, and iron, said Reddy, making it more nutritious than current starchy staples.
Jackfruit can fill the gap on a number of counts, said Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank, which works on sustainable agriculture. "It is easy to grow. It survives pests and diseases and high temperatures. It is drought-resistant," she said. "It achieves what farmers need in food production when facing a lot of challenges under climate change." In addition to its high nutritional value, the fruit is very versatile, she said. The seeds, young fruit, and mature varieties are all edible. The timber from jackfruit trees is also valuable.
Jackfruit could play a much more important role in diets than it currently does and be a staple. In addition to consuming cooked young jackfruit, ripe jackfruit, and jackfruit seeds, there are also many food products with longer shelf life that can be made from jackfruit. #Consciousvibrancy