Jackfruit– I wonder why it got this nameJ.
During these summer months, unripe jackfruit can be seen in some of the vegetable markets here in Nasik. I am not a great fan of the curry my mom makes from the unripe jackfruits- Phanas Bhaji.
Ripe jackruits with the sweet smelling fleshy yellow bulbs are also sold here during this time- though a little costly (yesterday I bought 250 gms for 15 Rs., and that’s not very cheap!)But the they are irresistible and I love to eat it as it is.
The sweets carpels are sometimes soft and mushy almost slimy to eat and it is called as ‘Barka Phanas’. I prefer the other variety in which the seed covering carpels are crisp and crunchy.
The smooth seeds are also edible- these are called ‘Athalya’ in Marathi.Boil these seeds with salt (put them in a pressure cooker when you make rice) and little water.Remove the thin skin around the seeds (this is easily removed) sprinkle some pepper powder or some Chaat masala, squeeze some lime juice and eat these delicious seeds!
These are the only two things I can do with ripe jackfruit –eat the yellow fleshy bulbs and the boiled Athalya. Hence I am eagerly waiting for JFI-Jackfruit roundup,till jackfruits are in season- so that I can try out those delicious recipes.