The jackfruit tree has many uses. The green, immature fruit is used as a vegetable, while the pulp of the ripe fruit is eaten fresh, dried or preserved in syrups. The seeds are also consumed - either cooked or roasted. The latex is used to cure night blindness. Various parts of the plant are used in treating toothache, caries, stomach ailments, sores, small pox, swelling and infection.
The yellow heartwood is highly durable and of good quality. The wood is used to make the musical instrument, Veena, associated with Goddess Saraswati.