What is a Jackfruit?
- Covered in green, spiny bumps, the Jackfruit is the world’s largest tree fruit and grows directly out of the trunk or branches. As the fruit ripens, the exterior turns yellow and brown, becomes fragrant, and yields slightly to pressure.
- Sweet and fragrant yellow pods have hints of mango, banana, and melon.
- NPR called Jackfruit “the ginormous fruit to feed the world” for its versatility.
- Perfect size for sharing with friends! Throw a jackfruit party.
How to Open a Jackfruit
- Jackfruit has sap that is very sticky. Handle with gloves, cover work area and cutting board with plastic or butcher paper; and brush vegetable oil onto the knife to prevent sticking. Wipe down then re-oil the knife often. Quarter the fruit by first cutting crosswise, then lengthwise. Cut out the core from each piece. Using a paring knife, extract the yellow pods from the strings, then remove seed. Reserve seeds if using. Refrigerate cut fruits.
How to Eat
- Jackfruit is delicious fresh, but It can be used in baking as a dessert. Unripe fruit is often used as a meat substitute in curries, tacos, and sandwiches. The seeds are also edible once cooked, and are similar to chestnuts in texture and flavor. (Find out how to cook Jackfruit seeds here.)
- Dried Jackfruit is also available.
- A source of vitamin C and supplies potassium and protein.
How to Choose
- Choose Jackfruit with bright green or yellow color, depending on ripeness, and a fragrant scent.
How to Store
- Leave on counter to ripen. It should yield slightly when pressed. Wrap cut fruit tightly in plastic and store flesh in container. Refrigerate up to 7 days and freeze for up to 2 months.
When are they in season?
Where are they grown?
- Product of Mexico
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