Captivating Cempedak!

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM tells the tale of this…

MOST delectable jungle fruit…


Cempedak or Artocarpus integer is part of the belongs to the same genus as of Jackfruit aka Nangka and Breadfruit family. Indigenous to Southeast Asia, Cempedak is widely grown in Malaysia, Indonesia & Thailand. Also in India where Cempedak grows in the southern states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Cempedak grows well in tropical regions where there is lots of water.

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Evergreen Cempedak trees grow up to many meters high. The fruit is smaller in size than Jackfruit. Once cut open, the sap is very sticky so use a knife coated with oil, you will find soft juicy and sweet yellow flesh that is slightly gooey covering large seeds. Ripe cempedak is yellow in color and the fruit is sweeter than jackfruit. Its flavor is musky, honey flavoured and aromatic and it tastes a little like mango. It is a yummie fruit to savour and can be fried in a crsipy batter like bananas. You can dip it in chocolate like strawberries too. The seeds can be boiled and eaten like potatoes. Its high nutritional profile means it has medical benefits. It has a good amount of vitamin C, enzymes, bioflavonoid, minerals and vitamins.

Per 100 gm of Cempedak has…
Energy 117.0 Kcal
Water 66.7 g
Protein 2.5 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrates 25.8 g
Fiber 3.4 g
Calcium 40.0 mg
Phosphorus 5.0 mg
Iron (Fe) 1.1 mg
Vitamin C 17.7 mg
Carotene 80 ug
Vitamin B1 0.16 mg
Vitamin B2 0.15 mg
Niacin 0.5 mg

Health Benefits of Cempedak

Some of the health benefits are:

  • Heart health: Antioxidants, dietary fiber and vitamin C present in cempedak help in maintaining heart health. High potassium content helps to lower blood pressure. It decreases cholesterol levels and reduces hypertension that makes you healthier.
  • Urinary tract infection: Cempedak helps in fighting urinary tract infections with its antibactrail, antiviral and antifungal properties.
  • Good for your Eyes: Cempedak is rich in vitamin A that helps in maintaining good eye health and keeps the cornea healthy.

The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and carry on eating!

About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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