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You may be noticing this strange looking fruit, similar to durian is in season at the moment...
Jackfruit is an Asian tropical fruit belonging to the Moraceae family which is found here on Koh Phangan and other tropical areas such as Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Brazil as well. It is known to be the world's biggest tree-borne fruit with an average weight of 3.5 kg to 10 kg, which can grow up to 25 kg. Jackfruit has a mild flavor and a characteristic and friendly odor.
Besides its pleasant, good taste and scent, every aspect of this tree is medically beneficial including the bark, leaves, roots, berries, pulps, and seeds and each of these sections has its distinct qualities.
Jackfruit is filled with a range of vitamins including vitamin C and A, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, and folic acid.
It is one of the few trees rich in vitamins from the B-complex community, as well as vitamin B6.
As with any fruit, jackfruit is best enjoyed fresh while it is sweet and juicy. It may be added to smoothies, mixed with yogurt, or even chopped and sprinkled over ice cream. You can also use jackfruit to make savory dishes such as curry.