Once you've seen the jackfruit, you never forget it. It's the biggest tree fruit in the world and it has a very peculiar shape. Chubby, stitchy and not attractive like so many other fruits. Why did we fall for the fruit to be added to our freeze-dried Adya fruits.
It was Mr. Sandeep, manager at Wayanad Social Service Society in Kerala, who told us during the Biofach trade show in 2015:
It was a first hint. If our local experts call for action, we can at least try to do something. What we needed to discover is whether jackfruit would work in freeze dried form. Especially for jack fruit it would be great to discard the fruit rests for local recycling (easily 10 kilo per fruit). Could we work with the essential fruit parts?
The cooperative did all the necessary tests and now in 2017 sent some samples to taste. It's small strips from the jackfruit interior. It definitely gives another taste and aroma then our other Adya fruits. With its odour the jackfruit announces that it's ready to be eaten. We clearly have a fruit boarded with vitamins and minerals. It also contains proteins, which has made it pretty popular as a meat replacement in several dishes (seen in the UK on food fairs).
What do we like from our perspective?
We act on a fruit that is available. We don't pack boxes with the whole fruit, that would be impossible. The cooperative processes the edible parts into small pieces and packs it in snack portions. Jackfruit has its say in our search for maintaining global biodiversity. It adds so much to our palate. It does so for the Indian people.
Jackfruit falling from the Indian trees shouldn't go to waste. Indian initiatives picked up this sad waste story before, we now have our small contribution in it.
We invite you to join usin embracing the giant jackfruit and try it out at home. Follow us for more news on the arrival of the jackfruit.