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Monday, June 16, 2014

Jackfruit Health Benefits Tips for cutting Jack Fruits Phanus How to cut jack fruit tips

The strong smell of phanus, jack fruit coming this season every where is a wonderful fruit that can be grown in containers, but love ssoil as it grows quite large   and bears large sized fruits hanging from the tree. The smell  is like bubble gum, chew fruits and soggy fruits with lots of varieties the jack fruit has immense health benefits. Artocarpus heterophyllus scientific name, the fruit usually shaped  as a large huge bean has rough outer covering which is textured and spiky dark greenish which turns brownish on ripening.
Basically we are familiar with two type of variety of jack fruits the fleshy rubbery type and the crunchy type. 
Cutting Jack fruit tips

Edible Kidney Bean shaped Seeds of jack fruit
Jack fruit grow from seeds that are light brown kidney bean shaped which are also edible and taste great when roasted or boiled. The fruits are very large and hang from  the tree trunks and some are even lover hanging that can be reached by hand, but as they look lower they are not so easy to pluck. If anyone has tried will know better that the Jack fruit tree is very strong and grows very tall if allowed to grow happily in humid, and well draining  soil, and the fruits so heavy weighing from a few kilos to very large ones that are attached to the tree trunk with a thick strong twine like stem . Which needs extra sharp knives or scissors to cut them from the tree.
The Jack fruit has to be removed when dark green sometimes and if allowed to ripen on tree sometimes gets damaged form the side facing from tree trunks. When a not so ready jack fruit is got this has to be wrapped in news paper and kept in dry dark place for few days. Meanwhile  keep checking  the jack fruit for signs of any damage and keep turning the fruit so that it ripens from all sides universally. They turn black with fungus if left unattended.
But if the jackfruit is not ripe it will not give out a sweet beans of fruits and will also be quite sticky and not easy to remove and may also cause allergic reaction to throat when eaten raw. This raw jack fruit can be cooked as a vegetable and eaten for health benefits. 
The fruits, mushy sweet with fleshy pulpy fruit,  has a lot of beneficial nutrients, sugar, carbohydrates and fat, proteins and fiber. Rich in antioxidants it also benefits for healthy skin and provides instant energy. With no cholesterol content it is high in vitamin C and thus helps in benefit for eyes and skin and protects from various diseases.  Also due to high calcium content the jack fruit is good for bones and bone health. Very beneficial especially during monsoons when the diseases like colds and flu prevail, this fruit is a wonderful natural health protector.
Fleshy Variety of Jack Fruit
You can grow jack fruit from their seeds found in the fruits as they are a plenty . The root coming out from the kidney bean shaped seed can be grown in containers and then transplanted in soil.
Usually we buy ready cut fruits but in case you have a tree or buy the whole jack fruit per weight  it is important you know the technique to cut the fruit. How to cut jack fruit- very important part is how to cut this large jack fruit and it really need some care and skill. The inside part has a glue like resin that sticks to hands , fingers and even mouth when you eat the fruit and this needs to be carefully skillfully cut.
Before beginning to cut jack fruit prepare with large sheets of paper, bag to collect seeds and large plate or container to keep the fruit. A very sharp knife as the fruit skin is very thick and tough. You will need groundnut oil or any oil, preferable edible oil, as you will be eating the  fruits. Apply oil generously to the knife and hands, fingers, every place which may come in contact with the fruit while cutting.
Collect the fruit in a vessel or container and wash the fruits well before eating. They can be stored in plastic bags in refrigerator for a few days, provided you can tolerate the smell in all foods stored in fridge, but if packed well in two three bags of  plastic well covered the fruits may emit less smell.
A  jack fruit at home spreads it smell far away and to the whole space where it is stored and even though many don't love the smell some gorge and relish the sweet  nutritious healthy fruit .  
Cut the fruit horizontally or vertically in half section and keep the two sides open.  Now begin with one side and start removing fruits from the binding fleshy linings from the fruit and remove each pod  carefully not damaging the fruit,  and store in  container. You can remove seeds from fleshy pulp and boil them or roast them and if you wish to grow a jack fruit tree keep the jack fruit  seeds in some water and as they begin to sprout plant them , grow them once and reap benefits for years and years and generations.  A single fruit bearing jackfruit tree can give  large number of fruits and more than one tree you get truck full of fruits!
maybe will try out some day growing jack fruit  in container, as far as the alphonso mango tree is growing fast as also planted water melons and musk melon creepers growing like wild and the seeds of litchi that have still not sprouted, hoping to see some new greens soon. 
All the Best enjoy the fruit!

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