As climate instability threatens the production of many staple crops throughout the world, the need for resilient food sources grows more urgent. One such hardy and highly nutritious candidate is the Jackfruit. Vegetarians love the fruit which when unripe offers a mild taste and fleshy texture that make it a perfect meat alternative in savory stews and spicy curries.
Widely cultivated throughout Southeast Asia, Jackfruit is the largest tree-born fruit in the world and packed with protein, potassium, and vitamin C. Just a dozen of the fruit’s small bulbs will sustain most people with energy for for half a day, and its natural resistance to pests and temperature shifts makes it a particularly sustainable crop.
But in spite of its enormous nutritive and environmental potential Jackfruit remains strangely ignored and derided, even in India, its country of origin, where it is derided as “poor man’s fruit”.