Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.), a potential fruit crop of Tripura and exploring its nutritional benefits
Kaustubh Das and Abhik Saha
Jackfruit is a tropical climacteric fruit, belonging to Moraceae family, is native to south and Southeast Asia. Tripura is considered to be the home of jackfruit and it is reservoir of many year-round producing genotypes. Tripura have many underutilized fruits that are popular among people due to their diversified use and have remained wild or semi domesticated due to lack of research support. Tripura shares 16.84% highest production of jackfruit in India followed by Orissa, Assam and West Bengal (NHB, 2015-2016). Artocarpus species are rich in phenolic compounds. It is now widely accepted that the beneficial effects of fruits and vegetables of jackfruit for the prevention of certain diseases (like cure ulcers. indigestion and cancer-fighting properties) are due to this bioactive phenolic compounds they contain.