Search for a better ice cream cone yields edible jackfruit plate


In India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology in Tamil Nadu have developed edible dinner plates using jackfruit waste.

Most of the jackfruit, including the thorny outside and large seeds are thrown away. One 300 grams of fruit is generated per kilogram of jackfruit.

C Anandharamakrishnan, the director at IIFPT tells The Hindu the idea came from work to develop a healthier ice cream cone alternative.  “We had readied a millet-based ice cream, which was well received by food technologies and administrators at the Krishi Unnati Mela held last March in New Delhi. However, we wanted to develop a healthy-yet-tasty cone to hold the millet ice cream. We searched for a suitable base and found that the jackfruit’s bracts, axis, seed and the fleshy, sticky, fibrous nut holders offered a healthy and economical alternative to the regular cones made of atta and corn flour. We [then] hit upon the idea of an edible plate that could be used to serve salads and a range of delicacies.”