Jackfruit: the climate change-proof fruit that will feed the world?

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Jackfruit, the miraculous fruit. Abroad it is called Jackfruit and is also known as Giaca or Català, while its scientific name is Artocarpus heterophyllus. It is native to India, where it has been cultivated for centuries, and is one of the largest tropical fruits in the world. Among its main characteristics we find the delicious, very sweet flavor, reminiscent of pineapple and vanilla. According to experts, this fruit could save agriculture and food production threatened by climate change.



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Abroad it is called Jackfruit and is also known as Giaca o Catalan, while its scientific name is Artocarpus heterophyllus. It is native to India, where it has been cultivated for centuries, and represents one of the tropical fruits largest in the world. Among its main characteristics we find the delicious, very sweet flavor, reminiscent of pineapple and vanilla. According to experts this fruit could save agriculture and food production threatened by climate changes.



Growing Jackfruit trees could be a good idea to replace varieties that will not be able to withstand the effects of climate change. According to the researchers, Jackfruit could in the future replace staple foods such as wheat or but.

According to the United Nations, rising temperatures and sudden storms have already reduced yields of corn and wheat crops. There is also talk of a real one "Food war" for the next few years. Jackfruit could be the solution. A single fruit weighs between 5 and 7 kg and is rich in nutritional properties. Contains good amounts of potassium, calcium and iron.

Second Shyamala Reddy, researcher in Biotechnology and Agriculture of the University of Bangalore, India, is a real miracle that a single fruit can provide so many useful nutrients and an adequate amount of calories. The Jackfruit will soon turn into one new food resource?

The Indian government would have presented some initiatives to expand the use of this food, including within industrial production. It is a fruit easy to grow, which can guarantee high yields to farmers. This fruit, like other varieties, is arousing the interest of experts, who are increasingly concerned that the poorest populations will face severe famines in the coming years. Hence the desire to explore new alternatives.



Marta Albè

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