Thursday, October 8, 2009

Name This Plant: Jackfruit

Name This Plant

Once again Jordan has correctly named this fruit, Jackfruit. (She answered on the facebook).

According to
Wikipedia, it is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.

"The fruits can reach 36 kg (80 lbs) in weight and up to 90 cm (36 in) long and 50 cm (20 in) in diameter."

The Wikipedia also claims, "jackfruit leaves can help in curing ringworms, diabetes, and asthma." However, it says citation needed, so apparently there is no corroborating evidence for this claim.

One Samoan-speaking commenter believes it is called a
maafala in Samoan. According to my Samoan dictionary, maafala is a type of breadfruit. The jackfruit and breadfruit are very similar, so this could be the Samoan name.

From Sunshine Food International

— Sara

1 comment:

whatever said...

It is a breadfruit(maafala). You don't cook this in a umu, well you could, but it's better if it's roasted on charcoal or fire. Eating it with peepee is wonderful. But the one dish that I remembered doing with this ulu, is burnt sugar is added to the pe'epe'e, then add it to the mashed up ulu. I have lived overseas for 32 years now and the name of that dish escapes me. But, it's so delilicious. Too bad you're not in Samoa right now or you could try it out. Maybe, Master Chef Cale can try that out when you go back to Samoa for a visit next time.