Shillong (Meghalaya), Aug 7 : From Jackfruit wine to Jackfruit Biryani you name it . All are now possible with various tastry preperations made from Jackfruit which are grown in plenty in the hilly state.
Seeing the prospects of this highly nutritious fruit , now , Meghalaya government, is keen on marketing jackfruit available in plenty in the state, and has assigned a hotel management institute here to popularise it.
Popularising the fruit will create livelihood opportunities for jackfruit growers in rural and urban areas.
Meghalaya is the second state after Tripura in the North East region to have taken the initiative to explore the potential of the largest tree-borne fruit seriously,
The government-aided Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) recently displayed their products at the jackfruit festival held in Shillong and all their food items were liked by visitors who thronged the venue.
At the fest, The IHM is the first and only institute of repute to try out over 100 recipes using jackfruits,
They displayed and sold various products made of jackfruit, such as cupcakes, pastries, chips, juice, wines, biscuits, jackfruit pickles, curry and other culinary items.
During the fest ‘jackfruit biryani’ was adjudged the best and the item can even make up for chicken.
Even the tourism department is in contact with leading hotels in the state and has floated the idea of serving jackfruit dishes by them and other food outlets.
Often ignored for its bulkiness and strong aroma, the jackfruit has been declared an important fruit in the state and the government has come up with a policy document for a five year intensive mission with an aim to generate employment opportunities for nearly over 80,000 farmers.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had launched the draft policy for the mission and the Rs 79 crore mission is likely to be launched before Independence Day this year.
The market is increasing by about 600 per cent in the US, 350 per cent in the UK in the past decade and about 17 per cent annually in China, he said.
The market for jackfruits is increasing by about 17 per cent and 600 per cent annually in China and the US respectively. It had risen to 350 per cent in the UK in the past decade.
There are at least one million jackfruit trees in the state spread across the Garo Hills and the border areas of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills region in the state.