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|Bad, Ugly and Sweet (standard:travel stories, 802 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: May 22 2011||Views/Reads: 1540/762||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A Story about Jack Fruit and Portugese Folly|
Bad, Ugly and Sweet Subba Rao “It stinks bad,” “You eat this ugly fruit? “Derrick jumped back from the large fruit cut opened with a machete. “It smells good for me and tasty too,” Juggernaut pulled a slippery, glossy yellow flesh covering a large seed and placed in his mouth savoring its taste to full extent. The golden yellow fleshy covering of a large seed is the sweetest part of the fruit that can be eaten fresh while the large seeds are like chestnuts roasted, boiled or fried as chips. “We feed these prickly unripe green fruits to pigs on the island, they like it bad,” said Derrick getting up and looking at a tree with shiny green leaves and gigantic fruits hanging loose from its branches and the tree trunk. “What you call this tree here?” “We call Jackfruit tree.” “Do you know as early as in 250 years B.C., Emperor Ashoka the Great of India declared Jackfruit as we know today as the Fruit of the Gods and encouraged its propagation throughout the subcontinent as we know now as India? The Portuguese traders visiting South India in early 1500 have mispronounced its local name ‘chakka' as ‘jaka' and the fruit was stuck with the name ‘Jackfruit.' What an improbable name? The Jackfruit got a bad rap from Portuguese folly. The bad boy of all fruits, weighs up to 80 pounds deserves a better name; say ‘Bad Boy' ‘Sweet Heaven' or ‘Hang Loose' since these fruits hang loose from trunk of the tree. Any one of these names best describe its appearance and taste. Now we stuck with this irrelevant name ‘Jackfruit', we can only hope to change it by marketing with one of those fancy names to make it popular. Is it not ‘Kiwi Fruit' alias for ‘Chinese Gooseberry' became more popular with its alias?” Dumbfounded and silent, not able to digest all that information, Derrick looked at Juggernaut in disbelief thinking what triggered Juggernaut to get so emotional about a fruit that stinks. Juggernaut took a deep breath and got a grip on himself realizing that he was overtaken by the emotions on the injustice done to the fruit known as Jackfruit everywhere except in its native habitat. The name ‘Jackfruit' is non starter. Unless people tasted one, Click here to read the rest of this story (76 more lines)
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