Chekke mara – Jack Fruit
Chekka mara (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam) one of the native trees in kodagu is a large evergreen tree cultivated throughout Southeast Asia for its fruits,also known as jack tree, fenne, jakfruit, or sometimes simply jack.It is the largest of all cultivated fruits, is oblong to cylindrical and typically 30 to 40 cm in length.
Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.
Fruits are edible and are used in preparation of jams, jellies and curries. Wood is used as timber.It is termite-proof and is superior to teak for building furniture. The wood of the tree is used for the production of musical instruments. Jackfruit is also known to be beneficial to fight against asthma, ulcers, indigestion, tension, nervousness, and constipation. It can slow down aging and cell degeneration. This fruit can also provide protein and carbohydrates for the body.
one more native dish prepared with jack fruit is kuvaleputt.