Jackfruit lovers unite in defence of 'superfood'

The jackfruit's rising popularity in recent years has been driven by glowing reports of its purported benefits, such as its low glycaemic index that makes it ideal for diabetics.
The jackfruit's rising popularity in recent years has been driven by glowing reports of its purported benefits, such as its low glycaemic index that makes it ideal for diabetics.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Outrage spreads after British newspaper says fruit is spectacularly ugly, smelly, pest-like

Ibn Batutta, the famed 14th-century Muslim Moroccan scholar and traveller, thought it was the best fruit in India.

His 16th-century successor, the Italian traveller Ludovico di Varthema, was equally generous in penning down the virtues of the jackfruit. "It appears as though you were eating a preparation of honey, and it also has the taste of a sweet orange," he wrote.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2019, with the headline 'Jackfruit lovers unite in defence of 'superfood''. Print Edition | Subscribe