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Abstract

Jackfruit taxonomy and waste.

Abstract

The present paper reviews the taxonomy, history, production, uses, and the waste utilization of jackfruit. A rtocarpus heterophyllus Lam and Artocarpus integer, commonly known as the jackfruit tree and belonging to the family Moraceae, is an exotic tree originally native to the Western Ghats of India. Jackfruit is commonly grown in home gardens of tropical and subtropical countries. The fruits are an important source of carbohydrates, fibers, minerals and vitamins. The bark, roots, leaves, and fruit are mainly used as food and food additives, medicinal properties and textile industry. Jackfruit is considered to be an underutilized fruit where most of the fruits get wasted due to unawareness, lack of post harvest technology and gaps in supply chain systems. A wide gap in the marketing of jack fruits and its wastes can be processed value added products which can be fulfilled for additional income as well as food security.