Jackfruit Seeds: The Unpretentious Cooking Ingredient

Many of us love jackfruit, a sweet-smelling, delicious summer fruit with golden seeds that is now abundantly accessible in the market. The fruit's delicious flesh is enjoyed, but the tough, nut-like seeds are thrown away right away. Wait! Don't throw them. We've got some good news for you. The seeds of the jackfruit, which is known as the largest tree-borne fruit, are also gifted with a plethora of health advantages. 

The jackfruit trees are widely distributed in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, and Brazil and are often grown in tropical climates. A single fruit weighing between 3.5 and 10 kg has 200 to 600 seeds embedded in the flesh that are edible and nutritious. 

How to make edible uses 

You can either boil, roast, or make flour out of these nutty seeds. Seed flour is a binding agent used by the food industry in some food preparations. It has become well-known for appearing in a number of delicious desserts and scrumptious Indian dishes. 

Health Benefits 

These nutty seeds are rich in proteins and important vitamins like vitamin B complex, iron, calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. They also prevent bacterial infections and aid in digestion. The abundance of antioxidants contributes to the maintenance and improvement of skin and hair. 

Due to its potent aphrodisiac qualities, Ayurveda strongly recommends using this seed for Vajikaran therapy. Additionally, it aids in boosting male libido and addressing a variety of sexual issues in males. The seed powder of jackfruit was widely used to cure infections and wounds in ancient times and revered for its potent antibacterial capabilities. 

How to cook 

Since jackfruit seeds contain antinutrients, they shouldn't be eaten raw. A couple of the common cooking techniques include roasting and boiling. 

Boil jackfruit seeds for about 30 minutes in a big bowl of water. When the seeds are tender, remove the water, let them cool, and then use them to prepare delicious recipes. 

By laying the seeds on a flat plate and preheating the oven to 400 F, jackfruit seeds can also be roasted. The seeds should be toasted and golden after 20 minutes in the oven. 

Additionally, jackfruit seeds can be combined with other delectables to give dishes more flavour and a crunchier texture. 

How to add to your meals 

Jackfruit seeds can be enjoyed in a variety of ways just like other seeds. Here are some ways to incorporate them into your menu.  

Add them to healthy salads. 

Jackfruit seeds can be used to make wholesome hummus. 

Jackfruit seed flour can be used to create delectable baked goods and dishes. 

Nutritious butter can be made from jackfruit seeds. 

Eat them alone as a snack.