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Jungle Jack

Anjili, Ayini Chakka, or wild jack is similar to jackfruit, but the fruit is much smaller. The fruit is delicious and high in nutritional value.

Anjili, or the wild jackfruit, is very similar to jackfruit, but the fruit is much smaller. The fruits are very high in nutrient value. There could be hundreds of fruits on one mature tree, which is a beautiful sight.

Growing Anjili

It can grow without the need for any particular care.

It prefers slightly acidic or neutral soil. though it can tolerate slightly alkaline soil too.

Though it grows slowly in the initial years, the tree can grow from 30 to 50 metres tall. It is used in the lumber industry. Anjili is native to the western Ghats.

Grafted Anjili plants are shorter and can be planted in a smaller area. This makes harvesting easy. Also, grafted plants mature in 2–3 years.


Anjili fruit description and taste

The anjili, or ayini pazham, as it is called in some places, starts flowering in the months of January and February. The fruits mature from May to July. Removing the outer skin of the Anjili fruit can be done by hand, as it is soft compared to that of a jackfruit. The size of the fruit is also much smaller compared to that of a jackfruit. It can easily be held in one hand.

Rich in fibre content, it has vitamins A, C, potassium, zinc, and folic acid. It can also be used as a vegetable.

Seeds are edible and are often fried to make a snack.

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