Artocarpus Heterophyllus, Jackfruit ( Kathal ) Plant
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Artocarpus heterophyllus is a tropical tree native to southwest India but is now widely cultivated in tropical regions around the world.
Tropical Fruit: Artocarpus heterophyllus is a tropical tree native to southwest India but is now widely cultivated in tropical regions around the world.
Large Fruit: It produces one of the largest fruits in the world, known as jackfruit. These fruits can weigh up to 80 pounds (36 kg) and have a spiky green exterior.
Versatile Use: Jackfruit is highly versatile and can be eaten ripe as a sweet fruit or unripe as a starchy vegetable in various culinary dishes. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
Nutritional Value: Jackfruit is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and various antioxidants. It is also a potential meat substitute for vegetarians and vegans due to its meaty texture.
Cultural Significance: The jackfruit tree and its fruit hold cultural significance in several countries, including India, where it is the national fruit, and various Southeast Asian countries where it is used in traditional dishes and festivals.