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Last summer, on her first day in Bangalore, India, Annemarie Ryu ’13 fell in love. The object of her rapt attention was green, spiky, and the size of a beach ball.

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(Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer)
Annemarie Ryu ’13 (from left) a pre-med anthropology concentrator and veteran Harvard public service traveler, has started Global Village Fruits, a for-profit social enterprise she hopes will connect jackfruit farmers in southern India with American consumers. Here, she is seen with co-researchers Kara Kubaryeh ’13 and Devon Williams ’11 during a study inside the Greenhouse Cafe.

What Ryu fell for was jackfruit. Her first taste of the vitamin-rich food was from a sidewalk vendor: a handful of slippery yellow slices, served up on a sheet of newspaper.
“I had the first piece, and I thought it was something out of wonderland,” said Ryu. “I thought: My word, amazing. I had this magical feeling.”

“I had this magical feeling,” recalled Annemarie Ryu ’13 upon trying jackfruit for the first time. Photo courtesy of Annemarie Ryu
That magical feeling about Artocarpus heterophyllus could soon be yours. Ryu, a pre-med anthropology concentrator and veteran Harvard public service traveler, has started Global Village Fruits, a for-profit social enterprise she hopes will connect farmers in southern India with American consumers.

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