Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has facilitated exports of the first consignment of various value-added and nutri-rich products derived from jackfruit, Passion fruit and Nutmeg sourced from farmers in Thrissur, Kerala to Melbourne, Australia.
These products have a shelf-life of more than one year. APEDA is promoting exports of value-added and health products as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim for achieving 400-billion dollar merchandise exports by 2021-22.
In the current fast-food era, consumers’ preference is shifting towards healthy food. The gluten-free products prepared from healthy options like Jackfruit and Passion fruit are providing a viable alternative against the consumption of fast food.
Jackfruit, originated in Western Ghats, was declared the State Fruit of Kerala in March, 2018. The largest tree-borne fruit is dense in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. The tropical fruit is the popular meat substitute among vegans due to its protein content. In addition to the use of fruit, seed and pulp, Jackfruit leaves, bark, inflorescence and latex are used in traditional medicines too.