Wednesday, April 17, 2024

HEALING HERBS: Jackfruit tree a treasure


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LIFE IS REALLY filled with twists and turns and last week I had nearly a million twist-and-turn experiences. I am convinced that life is a pattern of events and each day it unfolds to teach us through experiences or thoughts.

What I later recognised was that as I was twisting and turning, I was unconsciously weaving a path for my life. Further, as I sat to pen this article, the pieces of those twists and turns came together and I now truly understand from deep within that we should be obedient to the still voice that daily guides us. At times the still voice may dispense directions that seem ludicrous or insane, but faith and wisdom taught me obedience. 

Of my own will I had a deep desire to write about Barbadian silent doctor jackfruit about two years ago and each time I made the attempt, ideas did not flow. Since then that still voice has “eased up on me” with the directive about disseminating information about jackfruit.

I am glad that I obeyed the timing of the Creator because within the last five days, I have divinely gathered volumes of empirical data. I strongly believe that I can write a best seller about the “hidden ancestral secrets of jackfruit”.

Two of the people who consented to an interview under their big three-year-old jackfruit tree were Jacqueline and Eyrie Clarke. Jacqueline acquired the tree from a Mr Bobb, one of her colleagues.

My first observation was that they both had a profound love for their jackfruit tree. Jacqueline even made a delicious tea with the leaves which research shows can be used to treat diabetes, fever, wounds and abscesses. The Clarkes reported that “last year the tree bore a jackfruit which weighed about 50 pounds”. However, the weight caused it to fall from the tree before they could reap it.

They now have a strategy in place to solve that problem. The tree bears between March and August and they know when the fruit is ripe because the outer skin begins to display small cracks.

Jacqueline said that “inside the jackfruit resembles the inside of a soursop”. The seeds are coated with a fragranced flesh which emits a mango-pineapple smell. The pulp can be used in smoothies to assist with healing health challenges as detailed in last week’s article.

The couple also told me that if the fruit becomes overripe, the seeds will start growing in the body of the fruit. The seeds are used as an aphrodisiac.

Let us try to grow a jackfruit tree for natural healing.

Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via or by telephone 250-6450.

DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.


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