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Jackfruit Festival Evokes Giant-size Nostalgia for Keralites

There was a time, not long ago, when Jackfruits were an integral part of Kerala’s ‘daily bread’. Largest fruit in the world, Jack emerged from the wilderness centuries ago to become a prominent presence in the Malayali homesteads, consumed in raw and ripe forms, a saviour from hunger and distress during the World War years when food was scarce and money was in short supply. Giant Jackfruits fed middle class and lower classes, providing an abundance of carbohydrates, protein and minerals.