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The Jackfruit is a species of tree of the mulberry family. The jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world. Its fruit is seldom less than about 25 cm in diameter.
In India, jackfruit is used in curries, soups, and stews. It also flavors various deserts and is a common ingredient in fruit salads. in most countries, the fruit is either cooked with rice or eaten raw. The jackfruit is also used to make a syrup, and the seeds are usually not eaten raw but only after being boiled or roasted.
Jackfruit tends to be an acquired taste and frequently does not appeal to those unfamiliar with it. The ripening jackfruit has an odor which has been compared to the smell of rotting onions. This aroma often discourages people from trying the interior.
It is believed to have been first cultivated in Indian rainforests. It is largely grown in tropical or close to tropical climates. It still is found in many parts of India, as well as in most of Southeast Asia. In the Americas, the jackfruit is largely grown in Brazil.