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Cempedak, the smaller cousin of the well-known, jackfruit. It adopts the Malay name as it does not have an English name. It is a seasonal fruit native to southeast Asia.

Cempedak looks similar to the jackfruit except that it is much smaller in size but it is large in comparison to other fruits. It is also sweeter, stickier and with a strong odor when it is ripe.

You will know when it is ripe as it will emit a strong odor that fills the room, similar to the durian. It will turn light green with dark brown spots appearing on several of the flattened studs. It is also slightly sticky when you touch it due to the secretion of latex through the rind.

The rind is thick but soft, so it is easy to cut it length-wise into half. There are many fleshy, yellowish-orange pulp which encases each brown seed inside. The pulp is sweet, sticky and mushy with a rather chewy skin if you eat it raw. Another style is fried cempedak, a popular Malay snack. It is very tasty. The hard seeds can be eaten too when boiled or roasted.

1. Fruit Facts
  • Cempedak is also called the ugly cousin of the jackfruit.
  • The bark from the tree is used in the production of the yellow dye.
  • This plant grows well in the tropical region.
  • The trees are found only in areas that have no dry season.
  • The trees need a maximum amount of water to grow.
  • This fruit contains Ascorbic acid, enzymes, bioflavonoid and also rich in minerals & vitamins
  • Other than the minerals and vitamins it also consists of water content of upto 67 grams per 100g.

2. Health Benefit
  • Cempedak haves a rich vitamin A content which mainly helps to keeps the cornea of eye healthier.
  • This also contains dietary fiber which is high enough to maintain digestive tract health.
  • Vitamin C also decreases the cholesterol content in the blood.
  • The bark of this fruit in fact contains components that used to prevents tumors and malaria.
  • It also contains heteriflavon C used to eliminate the cause of malaria parasites to cent percent.

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