It is time to go for jackfruit in Kerala.Kerala is a State where jackfruit was having a main role in feeding the common man. It starts appearing in the villages together with summer. It was not considered as a fruit among the rich. At the same time the trees with Jack fruit could be seen in most of the compounds. People belonging to middle class and below depended on this fruit and mango as a major vegetable item during the summer time.
In fact Jack fruit will be used for preparing curries in its early stage itself. Jack fruit in its younger form is used to prepare side dishes for boiled rice. When it matured again certain dishes are prepared. The seed inside the fruit is also used for side dishes. After the seeds are removed it is cut lengthwise and chips are prepared just as banana chips. Ripe fruits very tasty and is taken as raw. Sweets are also prepared using this fruits. The exterior part of Jack fruit is a thorny skin, which will be eaten by cows and buffalos.
Now in Kerala this fruit has got a special status since the Government has announced it as the 'fruit of the State' ( samsthana phalam). In fact it is a very nutritious fruit. It has high fibre content, low calories, low carbs and low glycemic load.
In Kerala the green jackfruit is used as an alternative for rice and roti as it is rich in carbo hydrates. The tender Jack fruit is now being used as a dummy meat or vegan food.