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Monday, July 18, 2011

NATURAL REMEDIES: Meals that Heal - Huge delight!

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AJAY THAKUR / The Hindu / July 17, 2011.

SEED OR POD Jackfruit has medicinal and culinary uses. Photo: K. Gopinathan
SEED OR POD Jackfruit has medicinal and culinary uses. Photo: K. Gopinathan - The Hindu.

Surprised? Yes, it's jackfruit kebabs!
Jackfruit is a species of tree belonging to the mulberry family. The fruit is huge, seldom less than 25 cm in diameter. Even a relatively thin tree can have huge fruits hanging on it. The fruits can reach 36 kg in weight and grow up to 90 cm long and 50 cm in diameter. The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.
The sweet yellow sheaths around the seeds are about 3-5 mm thick and taste similar to pineapple, but milder and less juicy. The English name jackfruit derives from the Portuguese jaca. The light brown-black seeds are about the size of dates.The seed starch relieves biliousness and the roasted seeds are considered an aphrodisiac. The ash of jackfruit leaves, burned with corn and coconut shell, is used alone or mixed with coconut oil to heal ulcers. Mixed with vinegar, the latex promotes healing of abscesses, snakebite and glandular swellings. The root is a remedy for skin diseases, asthma, fever and diarrhoea. The bark is made into poultices. Heated leaves are placed on wounds.
Now, for a recipe.
Jackfruit Kebab
Ingredients

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