Enormous and prickly on the outside, jackfruit looks somewhat like durian (though jackfruit is usually even larger). Once a jackfruit is cracked open, what you will find inside are pods or 'bulbs'. Often referred to as the seeds, these bulbs are actually a kind of fleshy covering for the true seeds or pits, which are round and dark like chesnuts. The fleshy part (the 'bulb') can be eaten as is, or cut up and cooked. When unripe (green), it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat. In fact, canned jackfruit (in brine) is sometimes referred to as "vegetable meat".


- Being rich in potassium, jackfruit helps in the lowering of the blood pressure.

- The extract of Jackfruit root is believed to help cure fever as well as diarrhea.

- Jackfruit contains phytonutrients, with health benefits ranging from anti-cancer to antihypertensive.

- Jackfruit root has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from asthma.

- The root of jackfruit is said to be good for the treatment of a number of skin problems.

- Jackfruit has been found to have anti-ageing, antioxidant and anti-ulcer properties.