Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Giant Fruit


It's all about a giant fruit - it is nothing other than the jackfruit ( Artocarpus heterophyllus ).

jackfruit


 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’.

jackfruit
I have to say that it is really a gift of nature, as it is very ‘pure’ and useful. ‘Pure’ in the sense it is not harmed in anyway by pesticides or anything. Moreover it is very nutritious. Even some doctors advise that there is no problem in having it for any amount  that you can.


A jackfruit when cut
Chula










Skin of jackfruit


chula
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. 

Young jackfruit
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 . . .

26 comments:

  1. Yes...It is very tasty.

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  2. Yum yum yum!! (kothi aavunnu).

    Back home we make a steamed'palaharam' with jackfruit--they look like brown(coz of the jaggery) sweet idlis.
    Nice pictures, Abhinav.

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  3. we call it kathal is bengali..and both the unripe and ripe versions have a lot of recipes in bengal!!

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    1. Kathal - thank you sharing another name for jackfruit, it is new to me.

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  4. In north its very famous and we call it kathal and its very delicious whn we fry it and make it with lots of onion and other masala's.....loved it a lot

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  5. This is another Bengali guy speaking! So, I am in resonance with the last two comments! I love "kathal"

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  6. We have jackfruits in the eastern part as well. It's quite common in Odisha, where I am from.

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  7. That's most delicious and sweet! Your photos make it more elegant and inviting to eat! :)

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  8. Just love this fruit... :D

    Regards,
    Angad Achappa
    Indian Wildlife Photography

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  9. Hey Abhinav...sachmuch kafi bada hai! ;D

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  10. I've never heard of them before, juicy I hope. The photography is quite stunning. Thanks.

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    1. It is more pulpy rather than juicy.
      Thanks for the support.

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  11. @ Harinath
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    Thank you so much.

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  12. Jackfruits ..in hindi we call it kathal ...informative post!!

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  13. something we do not see here, for sure. although they remind me a bit of our bois d'arc tree fruits - also called osage oranges. :)

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  14. This is a very beautiful and interesting article
    The most educating one i have read today!




    GED Online

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  15. Nie widziałam jeszcze takich owoców. Na drzewie wyglądają jak jakieś wiszące worki, niesamowite. W środku też są ciekawe. Dziękuję za pokazanie ich. Pozdrawiam.
    I have not seen yet such fruit. On the tree look like a hanging bags, amazing. In the middle are also interesting. Thank you for showing them. Yours.

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  16. Its called as Halasina hannu in kannada. And I love it!! :)

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  17. Hey Abhinav,

    How are You doing?

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    1. Thank you very much Anupam for nominating me also.

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  18. Really informative, you have inspired me to make a Jackfruit veggies this week itself.

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  19. @ Geeta Singh
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    Thank you.

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  20. I don't know this fruit becoz I am eating this fruit always..ha.. ha..

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    informative post.. nice pictures..

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  21. I don't ever recall seeing anything quite like it here in Canada.

    Very interesting, and thank you for sharing this information.

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  22. Yummy!!! It is popular in coastal region of Maharashtra too. There we call it "Phanas".

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