Up until February 7, 2015, I had yet to experience jackfruit. While participating in the Conscious Life Expo, in L.A. on that fateful day, one of the food vendors offered vegetarian Indian food. I was about to pass on it because I have trouble digesting tofu…thinking that that was the main ingredient for one of their savory Indian dishes. Wrong! They used jackfruit. After a little bit of hesitancy, I opted to try it. Wow! Loved it!
About jackfruit from wikipedia:
The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)…is a species of tree in the Artocarpus genus of the mulberry family (Moraceae). It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia, and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of India, in present-day Goa, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, and Maharashtra. The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 80 pounds (36 kg) in weight, 36 inches (90 cm) in length, and 20 inches (50 cm) in diameter.
Along with its center being mandala-like, the outer skin is covered with hundreds of little 3D mandalas.
Now I need to see if I can find some jackfruit in our small city.
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