May 31, 2007 at 11:24 am 9 comments

Jackfruit– I wonder why it got this nameJ.


We call it Phanas in Marathi. This largest tree-borne fruit in the world is grown abundantly in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Every house in konkan has jackfruit trees in the backyard.

During these summer months, unripe jackfruit can be seen in some of the vegetable markets here in Nasik. I am not a great fan of the curry my mom makes from the unripe jackfruits- Phanas Bhaji.

Ripe jackruits with the sweet smelling fleshy yellow bulbs are also sold here during this time- though a little costly (yesterday I bought 250 gms for 15 Rs., and that’s not very cheap!)But the they are irresistible and I love to eat it as it is.


The sweets carpels are sometimes soft and mushy almost slimy to eat and it is called as ‘Barka Phanas’. I prefer the other variety in which the seed covering carpels are crisp and crunchy.

The smooth seeds are also edible- these are called ‘Athalya’ in Marathi.Boil these seeds with salt (put them in a pressure cooker when you make rice) and little water.Remove the thin skin around the seeds (this is easily removed) sprinkle some pepper powder or some Chaat masala, squeeze some lime juice and eat these delicious seeds!


These are the only two things I can do with ripe jackfruit –eat the yellow fleshy bulbs and the boiled Athalya. Hence I am eagerly waiting for JFI-Jackfruit roundup,till jackfruits are in season- so that I can try out those delicious recipes. 

Hey Bee and Jai, this is not the best of posts on Jackfruit, but I am very keen on contributing for this lovely tribute to the Fruit through JFI-Jackfruit. Please..please accept this entry! J

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Asha  |  May 31, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Good info,short and sweet!:))

  • 2. bee  |  May 31, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    ‘jackfruit’ comes from the malayalam word for it – chakka.

    the portuguese called it ‘jacka’ from chakka, and the english made that into ‘jackfruit’. thanks for your entry to JFI.

  • 3. usha  |  May 31, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Its very easy to prepare recipe. good evening snacks too.

  • 4. Deepa  |  May 31, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Simple and nice one .Thks for sharing

  • 5. Sukanya  |  June 1, 2007 at 2:51 am

    Nice information….
    @ Thank you all of you. And Bee thanks for that info about Jackruit.

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  • 7. santhi  |  June 3, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Hey.boiled jackfruit seeds !!! Never knew about it :-)..a must try for lazy evenings , right
    @ yes Santhi they really taste good :)

  • 8. Teeka Bhattarai, Kathmandu  |  August 18, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Little negative side of the jack fruit unconfirmed though:

    Me and a few friends have exprienced heightened blood pressure and pain in upper abdomen – that might well be your heart. Don’t eat too much in one go! Get the words spread for for research.

    I love the evergreen tree and the fruit. Your recipes are tempting.

    @ Thanks for that information.I wasn’t aware of this.Will try to get more information on those lines.Thank you for visiting

  • 9. Khalid Mirza  |  July 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    If it increases your blood pressure, better dont try. Instead, you can pluck and eat mangoes that also comes in the same season, and cheap as well.
    Seeds of Jackfruit tastes like ‘Singhara’


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