These products have a shelf life of more than one year

The first consignment of value-added and nutri-rich products derived from Jackfruit, Passion fruit and Nutmeg (Jaiphal) sourced from farmers in Thrissur, Kerala, has been exported to Melbourne, Australia.

Facilitated by the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), the shipment was flagged off in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.

These products have a shelf life of more than one year, said the Ministry of Commerce & Industry on Wednesday.

It pointed out that gluten-free products prepared from healthy options like Jackfruit and Passion fruit provide a viable alternative to the consumption of fast food.

Jackfruit, which originated in the Western Ghats, was declared the state fruit of Kerala in March, 2018.

The largest tree-borne fruit is dense in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. The tropical fruit is the popular meat substitute among vegans due to its protein content.

In addition to the use of fruit, seed and pulp, Jackfruit leaves, bark, inflorescence and latex are used in traditional medicines too.

The major export destinations of Jackfruit are Singapore, Nepal, Qatar, Germany.

Passion fruit is a nutritious tropical fruit rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. It is a beneficial fruit with a healthful nutrition profile important for skin, vision & immune system.

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry said APEDA is promoting exports of value-added and health products as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of achieving $ 400 billion merchandise exports by 2021-22.

Because of the richness, massive market potential, and unlimited number of benefits that these fruits provide, there are huge opportunities for expanding exports with innovative products.