Why Global Village FruitTM?

Jackfruit is under-researched and underutilized on a global scale, and the region with the greatest wastage is India. In India, 75% of the fruit goes to waste, largely for lack of processing infrastructure, refrigerated supply chains, and connections between farmers and markets. That’s why Global Village Fruit is on the scene, building international supply chains for jackfruit, this world’s wonderfruit.

Our journey began when Annie visited India in June 2011 after completing her sophomore year at Harvard. She and her brother had pioneered an SMS-based maternal and child healthcare program designed to help mothers and pregnant women remember their antenatal care check-ups and infant vaccinations.

On Annie’s first day in Bangalore, India’s 3rd largest city, she saw enormous, spiky jackfruits sitting on the pavement — and wondered if they were an Indian variety of porcupine.

Fortunately, despite the fruit’s intimidating physique, Annie bought a bag of jackfruit bulbs from a street vendor — and discovered the most delicious food in the world. To date, jackfruit is Annie’s favorite food. We can’t wait to share it with you.

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Jackfruit is the world’s largest tree-borne fruit! It belongs to the mulberry family and is a close relative of the breadfruit, but not the durian, despite a similar outward appearance.

An Awesome “Natural Resource”: The jackfruit is an unparalleled resource for food security. In Kerala, India, is has been documented that a standard jackfruit tree bears 250 to 300 10-kilogram fruits per year. That’s 2.5 to 3 tons of food annually.

Beyond that, jackfruit is a boon for the environment. It grows organically, requiring no fertilizers or pesticides. It grows quickly, tolerates three to four months of drought, and has no major pests. It requires so little labor (in proper climates) that it is intercropped with various crops simply to provide them with shade.

The Jack of All FruitsTM

The bulbs of a ripe jackfruit were the inspiration for Juicyfruit’s original flavor. Their taste is a blend of mango, pineapple, and banana flavors. These bulbs are loaded with potassium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. The seeds of the jackfruit can be peeled, dried, and pulverized to produce gluten-free flour, chutney powder, or a thickening agent. When unripe, the whole inside of the jackfruit–seeds, bulbs, and protective fibers—can be sliced and diced and used as a “vegetable meat.” In fact, where jackfruit grows, the unripe jackfruit is already used as a meat substitute in many delicious recipes, thanks to its meat-like taste and texture.