The reason why Tripura Jackfruit stands out from the rest Jasmine Deb Jamatia
The state holds a good potential in world trade in regard to the unmatchable tropical fruits grown in here. Just recently, 1st consignment of sweet quality jackfruits (376 pieces/1200kg) of 1.2 Metric Tonne from Tripura were exported to London on 21 May, 2021 via the exporters from Guwahati even during the Covid period, as a result, farmers got 71% incremental income at farm gate.
“More such consignments will be executed in near future for the welfare of Tripura farmers as the demands are growing for Jackfruits and Queen Pineapples from the exporters out of the state. The State Government and the Department of Horticulture earn no revenue from it but try to connect the farmers with the exporters for their own benefit and to prevent wastage of tropical fruits.
The State Government and the Department of Horticulture earn no revenue from it but try to connect the farmers with the exporters for their own benefit and to prevent wastage of tropical fruits. In addition to that when Tripura products get known world-wide, that becomes a matter of pride for the state,” said Phani Bhusan Jamatia, Director of Horticulture, Government of Tripura in an interview. Did you know that the total sugar content in Tripura Jackfruits have 24 to 26 Degree Brix which is higher as compared to the jackfruits available in other parts of the country making them sweeter than any other jackfruits?
In India, the jackfruit producing states are Assam, Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Jackfruit is grown on 5,400 Hectare land in the state. Tripura having suitable climate and acidic soil is fertile and is appropriate which is why the sweet quality jackfruits grow here abundantly.
In Tripura, jackfruit is itself considered a wholesome meal as it is normally consumed ripe with flat rice (romphe/chira) or puffed rice (moori) as an evening or afternoon snack during summers.
In villages, we love even to have dry cooked jackfruit dish and have together with neighbours in the evening as it gives an opportunity to mingle with neighbours.
A jackfruit consists of dietary fibre, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A,B,C and minerals like potassium, calcium and iron.