The World's Largest Jackfruit Was Just Harvested in the Philippines
ILLUSTRATOR RAPHAEL QUIASON
Randy Maranan, a gardener and retired executive of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, was floored when he saw his langka (jackfruit) tree produce gigantic fruits. He quickly took to social media to document his prize.
“Unofficially, we have the world’s heaviest jackfruit! Guinness World Record is 42.7 kg, ours weigh 49.7 kg,” Maranan posted on Facebook.
Maranan harvested the jackfruit on July 2021, 2021, and then submitted an application to the Guinness World Records afterward.
His giant jackfruit has a girth of 53.5 inches, and a length of 24 inches, and weighs 49.7 kilograms.
The titleholder as the world’s heaviest jackfruit measured 22.5 inches long with a girth of 52 inches. It weighed 42.7 kilograms. The fruit was produced in a jackfruit plantation in India.
In May 2020, a similar attempt to dethrone the jackfruit heavyweight titleholder was made in India. That contender weighed 52.360 kilograms, was 46 inches long, and had a circumference of 30 inches, according to The Hindu.
But now that a Filipino has made a formal application challenging Indian jackfruit supremacy as the world’s biggest and heaviest, India may soon lose that top spot.
The jackfruit is considered the world’s largest tree fruit. A cup’s serving of the exotic tropical fruit contains fiber, protein, copper, manganese, potassium, magnesium, riboflavin, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
Its pulp or meat is also an ingredient used as a meat alternative for vegans and vegetarians. Every cup of jackfruit pulp contains over 3 grams of protein. That’s significantly more protein than the 0 to 1 grams of protein found in other fruits.