Jackfruit seeds are all set to achieve the same international status as Brazil nuts. The price of the seed is witnessing a steady rise and has reached Rs 80-100 per kg. This has been attributed to its nutritional value.
Notable benefits of jackfruits seeds include the ability to prevent cancer, that they are a storehouse of fibres and can also be used as a cosmetic.
Jackfruit seeds are now an ingredient of several dishes served in star hotels. Jack seed masala, pot roasted jack seed and sweety jack seed are among the most preferred items. In addition, tapioca-jackfruit seed mix, jackfruit seed chips and ‘aviyal’ dish made with the seeds are also in demand.
Till recently, even people who relished the jackfruit had discarded its seeds. They wrongly believed that jackfruit seeds lacked taste and had no nutritional benefits.
But now awareness is being spread that the seeds are rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins. Researchers have found Calcium, Zinc and Phosphorous in the natural product.
Studies conducted at Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology have proved that jackfruit seeds can prevent cancer and also boost immunity. The fibres in the seeds reduce the absorption of sugar and fat by the body.
For use as a cosmetic, the seeds can be grinded and milk and honey added. Applying this paste to the face removes marks present there. Jackfruit seed also reduces stress and helps increase hair growth. It is a remedy for anaemia too.
But jackfruits seed, which was once found everywhere in Kerala, has now become so scarce that a foodie needs to visit a star hotel to taste a dish made with the item.