The jackfruit is the largest edible fruit. It can weigh up to 35 kilos. As many as 250 jackfruits can be seen growing on a single tree. The fruit generally grows on the branches, but if the tree is old, it grows in clusters on the trunk and sometimes even on the roots.
The jackfruit is eaten in various forms, especially in South India. The raw fruit is cooked as a vegetable or sliced and fried as chips. The ripe fruit is eaten on its own or pulped and sweetened with sugar to make a dessert or preserved as jam, pickle or jelly.
Jackfruit seeds are a gourmet's delight. The outer rind of the fruit and the leaves make nutritious cattle feed. The leaves are also used to fashion plates and cups.