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 thoughts on “The Giant Fruit

  • April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm
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    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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  • April 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm
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    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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  • April 6, 2012 at 5:16 am
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    This is another Bengali guy speaking! So, I am in resonance with the last two comments! I love "kathal"

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  • April 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm
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    We have jackfruits in the eastern part as well. It's quite common in Odisha, where I am from.

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  • April 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm
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    That's most delicious and sweet! Your photos make it more elegant and inviting to eat! 🙂

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  • April 7, 2012 at 9:06 am
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    I've never heard of them before, juicy I hope. The photography is quite stunning. Thanks.

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  • April 7, 2012 at 9:21 am
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    Kathal – thank you sharing another name for jackfruit, it is new to me.

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  • April 7, 2012 at 9:26 am
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    It is more pulpy rather than juicy.
    Thanks for the support.

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  • April 7, 2012 at 9:33 am
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    @ Harinath
    @ D.Nambiar
    @ Seema
    @ santuonline
    @ magiceye
    @ Ramakant Pradhan
    @ Jeevan
    @ AmitAag
    @ Angad Achappa

    Thank you so much.

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  • April 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm
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    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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  • April 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm
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    This is a very beautiful and interesting article
    The most educating one i have read today!

    GED Online

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  • April 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm
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    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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  • April 8, 2012 at 10:02 am
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    Its called as Halasina hannu in kannada. And I love it!! 🙂

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  • April 10, 2012 at 7:01 am
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    Really informative, you have inspired me to make a Jackfruit veggies this week itself.

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  • April 10, 2012 at 7:20 am
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    @ Geeta Singh
    @ TexWisGirl
    @ John
    @ Giga
    @ Neha
    @ Ekta

    Thank you.

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  • April 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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    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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  • April 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm
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    Yummy!!! It is popular in coastal region of Maharashtra too. There we call it "Phanas".

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