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GIANT ATTRACTION Jackfruit
GIANT ATTRACTION Jackfruit

Make delicious jackfruit jam in a jiffy

Jackfruit root is a remedy for skin diseases and asthma. An extract of the root is used to treat fever and diarrhoea. Jackfruit provides a good supply of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins.

Westerners generally will find the jackfruit most acceptable in the full-grown but unripe stage, when it has no objectionable odour and excels cooked green breadfruit and plantain. The fruit at this time is simply cut into large chunks for cooking. The chunks are boiled in salted water until tender, when the delicious flesh is cut from the rind and served as a vegetable If the bulbs are boiled in milk, the latter when drained off and cooled will congeal and form pleasant, orange coloured custard. By a method patented in India, the ripe bulbs may be dried, fried in oil and salted for eating like potato chips.

Now, for a recipe.

Jackfruit Jam

Ingredients

Jackfruit flakes: 1kg

Cloves: 12

Cinnamon: 6 (1” pieces)

Sugar: one-and-a-half kg

Citric acid: 1tsp

Water: 6 cups

Method: Remove the seeds from the jackfruit and cut it into small pieces. Cook them in water just enough to immerse the jackfruit pieces, adding the crushed cloves and cinnamon. When the water boils remove the clove and cinnamon pieces from it. Smash the cooked jackfruit or grind it in a mixer and sieve it. Heat water, sugar and citric acid in a vessel. When it boils, add the fruit pulp into it. Stir continuously. When the solution thickens, remove it from the fire and pour it into a prepared bottle. Cool the jam in the bottle and then store it. To test whether the jam is done, cool the jam on a ladle. If it is cool, the jam should fall from the tilted ladle in flakes rather than in drops.

PRADEEP PRASANNAN

JR. SOUS CHEF

TAJ CONNEMARA

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