Jackfruit is huge in size and nutritiously delicious fruit grows abundantly in Sri Lanka. This fruit is very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked.
It is widely used in cooking when it’s immature. In Sri Lanka, this versatile fruit is used to make a wide variety of dishes. It can be boiled, fried, grilled, roasted, its seeds prepared in dishes, therefore it is best consumed as fresh when it’s fully ripened.
Jackfruit based dishes
One of my favourite curries in Sri Lanka called Ambul Polos in Sinhalese. The curry’s made from unripe fruit, therefore it looks green and young. It is slow-cooked baby jack fruit in spices and coconut milk. It’s an awesome dish and it is very popular amongst vegans and vegetarians. This explains why it is my favourite curry.
Cooked jack fruit has a meaty texture and it is a perfect substitute for meat in making vegan burgers, sandwiches, pizzas etc.
When it reaches the ripening stage, it releases an aroma of sweetness a combination of mangoes, bananas, melon and a hint of durian. You’ll know further that the natural sugar has formed and this fruit is ready to be eaten as a fruit.
This superior fruit provides a number of health benefits:
- Firstly, this fruit helps reduce blood pressure because it is rich in potassium. 1 cup – 165g raw – contains 500mg of potassium.
- Improves digestion, it is high in dietary fibre.
- May help promote in wound healing.
- In addition, it can lessen the risk of cancer because of the richness in anti-oxidant and it has high content of Vitamin C.
In conclusion, this fruit is really beneficial to the health. Moreover, you can create many healthy dishes using this as a main ingredient. Truly a versatile fruit!
You can find 7 types of Bananas in Sri Lanka here.