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05-18-2005, 01:58 PM
Hey does anybody know anything about jackfruit. I read somewhere that this is a really great fruit but when I saw it at Whole Foods it looked so big and intimidating. I wasn't even sure how to eat it :confused:
05-18-2005, 02:32 PM
I found this on the internet. I hope it helps. If you buy it, let us know how it tastes!
Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, reaching 80 pounds in weight and up to 36 inches long and 20 inches in diameter. The exterior of the compound fruit is green or yellow when ripe. The interior consists of large edible bulbs of yellow, banana-flavored flesh that encloses a smooth, oval, light-brown seed. The seed is 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long and 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick and is white and crisp within. There may be 100 or up to 500 seeds in a single fruit, which are viable for no more than three or four days. When fully ripe, the unopened jackfruit emits a strong disagreeable odor, resembling that of decayed onions, while the pulp of the opened fruit smells of pineapple and banana.
There are two main varieties. In one, the fruits have small, fibrous, soft, mushy, but very sweet carpels with a texture somewhat akin to a raw oysters. The other variety is crisp and almost crunchy though not quite as sweet. This form is the more important commercially and is more palatable to western tastes.
I love jackfruit!
Yes, the stuff is spiny and awkward, but certainly worth it. You can also purchase it frozen and prepackaged. Jackfruit is great in smoothies, fruit salads, or on it's own. It's not as creamy and dense as durian, but is a great introduction to the "weirder" tropical fruits.
05-19-2005, 11:31 AM
A lot of people think it tastes like juicy fruit gum. It does kindof. I had it in China Town in NYC.
05-19-2005, 10:34 PM
The WF near me had them and ended up chopping it into peices. I got a $6 to share with a friend. I had a taste and found it too intense for me. I left it with my friend and she seemed to like it just fine. You might ask WF if they would consider chopping it up or you might pay about $40 for the whole thing.
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