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)

Jack Fruit
Jack Fruit

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.

Any guesses?

Labelled as the Miracle Fruit it can replace many staple diets in a world where Land for agricultural use is rapidly shrinking .


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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