Hi, My Name is Jackfruit.

What in the foodie name is this?

We'll admit, we were unaware fruit - or anything edible such as this - existed. Recently, one of our STELLAR customers was hosting a dinner party. One of the guest arrived at the party excited with jack fruit "pulled pork" sliders.

"When did fruit become meat?" the humorous thought entertained the host.

With food, you must be willing to step out of your box. If you're hesitant to do so, we found knowing the health benefits of your food explorations can ease the overwhelming feeling.

Jack fruit trees grow wild in India. Jack fruit has the parallel values to mango. Also known as jakfruit, jaca or nangka, it's also related to breadfruit, breadnut, champedak and marang, to name a few.

Jack fruit has also been considered to be associated with figs, mulberries and African breadfruit. Grown in the tropical climates of to believed the rain forests of Western Ghats of India, this upcoming fruit has made pathways in parts of Asia, the East Indies and the Philippines.

Jack fruit is also popular in Brazil. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, jack fruit has been grown in Florida.

As jack fruit begins to appeal to us, we notice the versatile meat substitute is not as intimidating. Suddenly, I wanted to try the zesty and hickory smelling vegan "pulled pork" sliders that waited patiently for the party host to answer its arrival.

As the host prepared the guest with saying grace, everyone was also grateful for the benefits jack fruit grants with taste and savor.

1. Jack fruit enhances the immune system.

Jack fruit contains antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients, lignans,isoflavones and saponins. Additionally, jack fruit contains Vitamin C, which helps fight damaging free radicals that enter the body. The antioxidants found in jack fruit enhances the immune function by discarding the free radicals.

2. Jack fruit enhances magnesium and calcium.

Magnesium is essential for men and women. Magnesium can help reduce high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

One cup of jack fruit contains approximately 15 percent of the daily recommended value.

According to The National Osteoporosis Foundation, our bones and teeth have about 99 percent of the calcium found in our bodies.

According to Draxe.com, women are affected by magnesium deficiency and it's common for African-Americans and the elderly.

Jack fruit also contains calcium, which may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and its onset, osteopenia.

3. Jack fruit improves digestion and constipation.

Jack fruit is a n alternative to activated charcoal or prunes for constipation relief or aid with issues regarding digestion. The seeds inside jack fruit hold a good portion of dietary fiber, which may also aid in weight loss.

4. Jack fruit reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

The versatile fruit possesses a healthy dose of vitamin B.

Jack fruit contains essential vitamin B6 and B12, which involve folic acid and may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

According to ta clinical trial with 5,500 adults, also known as the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation 2, proved that consuming supplements of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid for five years could reduce homo-cysteine levels. Lower homo-cysteine levels can aid in reducing both heart disease and stroke risks.

This fruit can be explored canned or fresh. For young jack fruit, it will be found in water and brine. Make sure to review the nutrition label for added preservatives. If purchasing to try fresh, make sure the jack fruit is ripe. The skin will appear yellowish with softened spikes. Alternatively, you can purchase a jack fruit that is green and firm. Place it in your window with sunlight to allow the ripened to liking.

The rather distinctive smell and a gentle squeeze will tell the degree of ripeness.

Enjoy jack fruit in many food dishes. Whether you prefer chopped jack fruit for a curry or chutney or green jack fruit as a shredded meat substitute for tacos. Try incorporating jack fruit in dishes, pies, jellies, or even ice cream!