History of Food leads me to a MIRACLE FRUIT which is indigenous to the Western Ghats of INDIA. There are records of the fruit being consumed as far back as 6000 BC.
It is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and can weigh upto 45 kgs.
The “Kathal” or Jack fruit literally grows all over a very large tree which can grow upto 80 feet ( 26 m) . The large trees made perfect perches for Vultures ( Gyps Indicus) which once ruled the skies of Delhi.
I still recall my grandmother telling the Gardner to scare away the Vultures as their poop smeared the Jackfruits. ( this was on a now infamous road in the heart of Lutyens Delhi)
New Delhi has changed dramatically in the last 4 decades , the Vultures and Kathal Trees have disappeared from Delhi bearing the brunt of the change.
Kathal ( Hindi): Jack Fruit (English) : Artocarpus heterophyllus (Scientific or botanical name)
The Jack Fruit packs a punch of Potassium, antioxidants and Beta Carotene. You can check more details on Google/ Wikipedia etc. I am simply fueling your interest in FOOD.
The featured image is that of the seeds of Kathal which i have seen for the first time in a vegetable market.( not that i go to vegetable markets daily) My hopes for a fright future were rekindled.
The “seeds of the Kathal” are particularly dear to the Jain community as it replaces Taro and potatoes ( do read EXOTIC ANCIENT ROOTS ) in their diet.
Labelled as the Miracle Fruit it can replace many staple diets in a world where Land for agricultural use is rapidly shrinking .