Everybody knows it is recommended to eat your 5 a day just to maintain your general health and get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Commonly people will more than likely have things like apples, oranges, pears and bananas in there day to day routines. There is no problem with that, however there are even more powerful tasty and exotic fruits that we can get right here in the UK that most people haven’t even heard of,
Over the coming weeks I will be introducing different fruits. I will give you the nutritional values, where they can be found here in Manchester along with prices etc. I will also tell you about my experience with these fruits, yes they have been tried and tested so I will give you my feedback on each of them so let’s get to it.
First Fruit – Jackfruit
First on my list is my favourite fruit of them all. Jackfruit is the largest fruit you will ever get your hands on, if you are lucky enough to do so. Not only does it taste fantastic its nutritional values are amazing. Here are a few key facts about this amazing fruit which I first experienced when I was on holiday in Jamaica. It was honestly the best fruit I have ever tasted. I found it to have a slight bubble-gum flavour crossed with banana and mango. It really does have its own unique smell and taste and when it is ripe it is very sweet.
Jackfruit is believed to have originated in Southern India thousands of years ago, but is now widely cultivated in tropical regions around the world: SE Asia, South America, Australia and the Caribbean where it has been enjoyed both in ripe and young forms.
- Strengthen Immune System
Jackfruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful nutrient which helps protect against viral and bacterial infections. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system function by supporting the white blood cells function. Just one cup of jackfruit can supply the body with a very good amount of this powerful antioxidant.
- Protect against Cancer
In addition to containing vitamin C, jackfruit is also rich in phytonutrientssuch aslignans, isoflavones and saponins which have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. These phytonutrients may help eliminate cancer-causing free radicals from the body and slow the degeneration of cells that can lead to degenerative diseases.
- Aids in healthy digestion
Jackfruit is also known to contain anti-ulcer properties which help cure ulcers and digestive disorders. In addition, the presence of high fibre in the jackfruit prevents constipationand helps in smooth bowel movements. 4.
- Maintain Healthy Eyes and Skin
Jackfruit contains vitamin A, a powerful nutrient which is known to maintain a healthy eye and skin. It also helps prevent vision-related problems such as macular degeneration and night blindness.
- Boost Energy
Jackfruit is considered as an energy generating fruit due to the presence of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose which give you an almost immediate energy boost. Although Jackfruit is an energy rich fruit it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol making it one of the healthiest fruits to savour!
- Lower High Blood Pressure
Potassium contained in Jackfruit has been found to be helpful in the lowering of blood pressureand thus reducing the risk of heart attack as well as stroke.
- Control Asthma
The root of Jackfruit has been found to help those who suffer from asthma. Boiling the jackfruit root and its extract has been found to control asthma.
- Strengthen the Bone
Jackfruit is rich in magnesium, a nutrient which is important in the absorption of calcium and works with calcium to help strengthen the bone and prevent bone related disorders such as osteoporosis.
- Prevent Anaemia
Jackfruit also contains iron which helps to prevent anaemiaand also helps in proper blood circulation in our body.
As you can see this is such a powerful fruit with amazing benefits. It’s worth trying to get your hands on some! We will be covering a range of exotic fruits and where to get your hands on them plus the benefits of consuming them as part of your diet.
Thanks for reading, enjoy your exotic fruits.
Where can I buy it?
Here in Manchester there is only one place I know of that sells it in its called Appna Cash & Carry Ltd and is on Stockport road right behind Longsight Market.
19 Mitre Road