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Tirthankar Mukherjee and San Cassimally offer their thoughts about a fruit that has become a fashionable meat substitute. Christine Alker has fond memories of the Gypsy tart, but wonders whether it should be renamed

I do not know how things are in Kerala, but the unripe jackfruit is certainly not left to rot on the tree in either West Bengal in India or in Bangladesh (A fruit worthy of: Monsters, Inc, Zoe Williams, G2, 28 March). It is actually one of the more expensive vegetables, and since the ripe fruit is also much in demand, cutting the green fruit down is a loss to the grower if it is not sold at a good price.

Like most other vegetables, Bengali home cooking has several recipes for the young jackfruit, and it is often called “the goat from the tree”. This is because the goat is the most-eaten animal in most of India….

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