Jackfruit is a multi- faceted fruit: nutrient-rich, aromatic, textured and healthy. Being an abundant source of vitamin C, vitamin B and vitamin K, jackfruit is much sought after, as it promotes blood formation and all-round health.The jackfruit tree excellent as a stabilizing crop, protecting the terrain of the Western Ghat regions from the vagaries of nature.Truly a ‘Jack Of AllTrades’!
Fresh tender jackfruit has a characteristic subtle yellow- green colour. With no trace of added flavours, preservatives or colours, our Organic Tender Jackfruit is a must- have in your pantry. Whipping up a delicious jackfruit currywould be quick and simple. Soft and pleasantly chewable, with a flavour strikingly similar to that of chicken meat, jackfruit is a popular substitute for meat. Our ethically sourced wild jackfruit, grown naturally in cool climes are a treasure trove of health andimmunity boosters. The anti- diabetes and anti- cancer potential of jackfruit is enthusiastically being delved into by the research community.
The very popular, Young Jackfruit in BBQ Sauce is a carefully curated, deliciousready-to-serve product, perfect as a meat alternative and an ideal inclusion invegetarian and vegan diets. Pamper yourself to an innovative interpretation of the classical barbecue as you enjoy Jackfruit in this wholesome sauce. The smoky flavour in combination with the Jackfruit’s own distinctive taste makes every dish come alive to your palette. For enjoying dishes with a chunky bite, choose from our array of raw jackfruit options.
The Jackfruit Journey Begins
We appreciate that jackfruit is a natural, plant-based alternative to meat. It’s even hailed as the food crop of the future, and rightly so. But have you ever wondered where jackfruit comes from? Jack trees thrive in the regions near the equator that boast of tropical climates. It is said that jack trees are originally native to India. They are now cultivated in other areas of South East Asia including The Philippines. Africa and South America are also home to this evergreen tree.
The Plantrich team’s jackfruit journey starts from a small village in Idukki in Kerala, specifically Idinjamala. Organic farming is a way of life here as the climate and soil are immensely suitable to natural vegetation. Even heavy monsoons are not a deterrent to wild jackfruit cultivation. Families can earn generously from jackfruit trees, right from their backyard. We can hence ensure complete farm to fork traceability of the lip-smacking jackfruit that you relish.
A chance meeting with Wild Jack three years ago, kickstarted our love affair with jackfruit. Itsversatility propelled us to explore a sustainable way to import it into Europe. Two years into the venture, we were encouraged by seeing people’s tremendous positive reactions to Jack. Taking it one step further, we teamed with Lyfesutra, Hamburg toseamlesslyconsolidate our supply chain in Germany. The fact thatIdinjamalawild jackfruit is a non- invasive crop with weather resilientproperties helped us zero in on this wholesome variety. During storms and floods, the sturdiness of the jack tree and itsrobust root network help break the wind flow and prevent soil erosion.To further our commitment to sustainable development goals, we are also actively exploring partnership opportunities globally.
Young,Unripe Jackfruit- From Farm To Factory
A well-known ingredient in many Asian cuisines, jackfruit is the world’s largest known fruit, weighing up to 25 kilograms.Jackfruit’s nutritional benefits cannot be emphasized enough, it beingrich in fibre, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and a variety of vitamins. It is enjoyed both unripe and ripened, by itself or by being incorporated in a dish. At Plantrich, we buy the young, unripe wild jackfruit. Why? Because unripe jackfruit is the meatiest and has themost neutral taste, making it the ideal meat substitute in a plethora of dishes.
You must be curious how it all works.Organic farmers in Kerala pick theoptimally unripe jackfruits from the trees and send it to a state-of- the- artproduction facility where it is carefully cut open to extract the fruit bulbs and separate the seeds from them. The bulbs are cleaned with care, and cut with precision into small even chunks or strips (dices or juliennes). As the young jackfruits are locally sourced and processed, it’s become alucrative income stream for the community, particularly for the women in the region.Women empowerment is a priority at Plantrich, that we continually fulfil by engaging and involving them at each stage of thejackfruit journey.
FreshRetortJackfruit Arrives At Its Destination
The cut jackfruit bulbs are shipped by sea to Europe, maintaining safe storage conditions. They receive a warm welcome, with open arms at their destination byexpert chefs. This staple miracle food from the challenging terrain of Idukki brings with it to your doorstep, the goodness to keep lifestyle diseases at bay. The chunks and stripsarrive fresh and ready to use,retaining all the natural wild jackfruit benefits that have for eons contributed to the health and well being of the men and women of Idinjamala.
Half the shipment is set aside to sell directly to consumersat supermarkets and at wholesale stores. The other half finds its way into well-equipped kitchens for a professional makeover.Specialized chefsdraw on the jackfruit’s meaty texture and its ability to combine with all types of spices and create an array of delectable products. The experiment process to get the flavours just right is diligent and exacting, but the results are well worth it.The proof of the jackfruit’s versatility is visible in its many avatars. Bitterballen, Croquettes, Gyros, Burgers, and Rendang, are some of the popular mouth- watering fares made from jackfruit. From Kerala to Germany, the wild jack is on an exciting wild ride! This has had a positive ripple effect, ensuring supply chain stabilitydue to our commitment to fair trade practices. It is our vision to present guilt-free pleasure on your plate!
Jackfruit Retort Processing Steps
- Receiving and Cutting
Collect tender jack from organic certified farmers and slice the tender jackfruit into small even pieces (two to three centimeters). Standard purchase specifications are stringently adhered to at the Receiving area
The sliced tender jackfruit is blanched to protect its quality, color, and nutritional value. Scalding in boiling water for a brief time interval and being plunged into iced water is the fail-safe method for the slices to be cooked just right. Temperature control is of paramount importance at this step.
- Retort Pouch Filling
Fill 200 grams of blanched jack fruit into the retort pouch. This is followed by vacuum sealing. All staff are attired in protective and hygienic gear, throughout the handling of raw material and finished product
By maintaining the temperature at 121-degree celsius for seven minutes, the sterilization process (retorting)is carried out. Our high-quality retort pouches maintain seal integrity with excellent barrier properties.
- Cooling and Packing
After retorting, the pouches are allowed to cool under room temperature and sent for packing. Retorted jack is packed in attractive space-saving duplex boxes. They are made shipment-ready by being stacked uniformly in sturdy containers.