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What are the benefits of having jackfruit seeds?

Friday, 17 June 2005
Answered by: Ms. Neesha Maria
Consultant Nutritionist

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Q. I want to know the benefits of having the seeds of jackfruits?

A.  The seeds would give you around 135 kcal/ 100 gms. It is a rich source of complex carbohydrate, dietary fiber, vitamins like vitamin A, C and certain B vitamins, and minerals like calcium, zinc, and phosphorous. They contain lignans, isoflavones, saponins, that are called phytonutrients and their health benefits are wide-ranging from anti-cancer to antihypertensive, anti-ageing, antioxidant, anti-ulcer, etc. Jackfruit seed powder has the ability to relieve discomfort due to indigestion. Boiled Jackfruit seeds are a very tasty and nutritious snack. Boiled Jackfruit seeds can be used as an alternative to potatoes. Jackfruit seeds, which appeal to all tastes, may be boiled or roasted and eaten, or boiled and preserved in syrup like chestnuts. They can be canned in brine, in curry, and, like baked beans, in tomato sauce. They can also be included in curried dishes. Roasted, dried seeds are ground to make flour which is blended with wheat flour for baking. Here’s a nice recipe you can try out: Coconut Based Jackfruit Seed Curry. Serves 4 Prep Time: 20 mins. • 500 grams Jackfruit seeds • 1 cup Grated coconut • 4 Green chillies • 4 teaspoons Coconut oil • 1/2 cup Sliced Shallots • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds • 8 Jackfruit chips • 1 teaspoon Curry leaves • Salt (As per taste) Method Cut each seed into four pieces. Grind the coconut and the green chillies to a fine paste. Mix the seeds, the ground paste, salt and enough water and cook till the seeds are tender and dry. Heat oil and saute the sliced shallots and mustard seeds for a few minutes. Add the cooked seeds, mix the contents thoroughly and cook for another few minutes. Remove it from fire and transfer the contents to a serving dish. Garnish it with crushed jackfruits chips and the roasted curry leaves. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy.

A.  The seeds would give you around 135 kcal/ 100 gms. It is a rich source of complex carbohydrate, dietary fiber, vitamins like vitamin A, C and certain B vitamins, and minerals like calcium, zinc, and phosphorous. They contain lignans, isoflavones, saponins, that are called phytonutrients and their health benefits are wide-ranging from anti-cancer to antihypertensive, anti-ageing, antioxidant, anti-ulcer, etc. Jackfruit seed powder has the ability to relieve discomfort due to indigestion. Boiled Jackfruit seeds are a very tasty and nutritious snack. Boiled Jackfruit seeds can be used as an alternative to potatoes. Jackfruit seeds, which appeal to all tastes, may be boiled or roasted and eaten, or boiled and preserved in syrup like chestnuts. They can be canned in brine, in curry, and, like baked beans, in tomato sauce. They can also be included in curried dishes. Roasted, dried seeds are ground to make flour which is blended with wheat flour for baking. Here’s a nice recipe you can try out: Coconut Based Jackfruit Seed Curry. Serves 4 Prep Time: 20 mins. • 500 grams Jackfruit seeds • 1 cup Grated coconut • 4 Green chillies • 4 teaspoons Coconut oil • 1/2 cup Sliced Shallots • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds • 8 Jackfruit chips • 1 teaspoon Curry leaves • Salt (As per taste) Method Cut each seed into four pieces. Grind the coconut and the green chillies to a fine paste. Mix the seeds, the ground paste, salt and enough water and cook till the seeds are tender and dry. Heat oil and saute the sliced shallots and mustard seeds for a few minutes. Add the cooked seeds, mix the contents thoroughly and cook for another few minutes. Remove it from fire and transfer the contents to a serving dish. Garnish it with crushed jackfruits chips and the roasted curry leaves. Serve hot with rice. Enjoy.

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