It's all about a giant fruit - it is nothing other than the jackfruit ( Artocarpus heterophyllus ).
I know that it does not need any introduction to the south Indians, due to its popularity. But I feel that I have to write something about it because now it is the season of jack fruit and I am almost surrounded by it. In my place it is called ‘chakka’.
The parts of a jack fruit are very interesting. Let us take a look. The outer green – yellow skin which is full of spikes / projections ( ‘karimadal’ ). Inside the skin, there is a white hard part (‘ koonji’ ). Between the white part exists the most edible part, which is soft and pulpy ( ‘chula’ ). In a ripened fruit, it is yellow in color, otherwise white. Each ‘chula’ is covered by strip like materiasl (‘chakini’ ). The seeds are covered by a thin membrane (‘pada’) and are inside the ‘chula’. The terms given are in Malayalam as i couldn’t find the exact English word of each one.
There are mainly two varieties of jackfruit – ‘varikka chakka’ and ‘koozha chakka’. ‘Varikka’ is very sweet when ripened than ‘koozha’. According to the stages of development, it is also termed as ‘idichakka’, ‘kadachakka’ etc.
There are also a variety of dishes made from jackfruit. A sticky one called ‘puzhukku’, chips, curries and so on . . .