ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru has for the first time developed, Arka Halasuras, an enzyme clarified Ready-To-Drink Jackfruit beverage. Jackfruit pulp (soft or firm types) is liquefied using a cocktail of enzymes and serum is separated. The separated serum is diluted with water in a particular ratio to adjust the total soluble solids in the desired range and stabilized. This beverage has no added sugar or acid or preservative and has a shelf life of 6 months in glass bottle under normal room temperature. This is a first of its kind product from any research lab in India. The product is nutritious with 15-18mg /100 ml vitamin C; 2.1- 2.4 mg/100ml total carotenoids, 1.1-1.2mg/100ml antioxidants. The sweetness is mainly due to its inherent fructose and sorbitol. The in vitro studies showed the jackfruit to have anti-bacterial activity. One kilogram of fruit can yield 2.5-3.0 litres of ready to drink juice.
Arka Jackolate is jackfruit seed powder and mushroom based chocolate developed by ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru. Seeds constitute 12-23% of a fresh jackfruit, which is thrown away as waste. Jackfruit seed contains 60-65% starch (RS-Type-2), 2% crude fibre and an array of phytochemicals reported to have antibiotic and anti-cancerous properties. A technology has been developed to deliver such a wonderful natural product to the body through chocolate, which is most liked by all age groups. The technology comprises of packaging jackfruit seed powder with several other natural ingredients like mushroom, sesame, butter,etc., in certain a proportion and wrapping it with chocolate. The product is highly tasty and nutritious with 5.0-6.0% protein, lesser fat and calorific value, higher fibre and antioxidant activity.
Arka Jackies is a jackfruit seed powder and mushroom based cookies, developed by ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru. Conventionally, defatted cereal brans are used for enhancing the fibre content of biscuits. In the technology developed at ICAR-IIHR, an healthier substitute than the cereal bran is used, i.e., blanched jackfruit seed powder. The jackfruit seed powder besides having around 2.0% crude fibre also has high amount of minerals and phytochemicals. Unlike cereal bran fortified biscuits, where only 5-10% refined wheat flour is replaced, in our technology upto 40% of refined wheat flour was replaced with blanched jackfruit seed powder, fruit powder and mushroom with very good sensory acceptability. It is rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron.