What is Jackfruit?
What is jackfruit?
Jackfruit is one of the oldest trees in the world. It grows in the South and Southeast Asia as well as in Africa, Brazil and Caribbean countries. It´s big, in an oblong form, around 1 meter long and 50 cm in diameter. It weights more or less 30 kilos and bears 20 to 30 fruits in one tree, the whole year round. Jackfruit is green and prickly outside and the fruit pods which cover the small oblong brown seeds inside, look like bulbs. The fruit pods are in yellow color when they are ripe and white when they are unripe.
This is a tropical fruit which can be eaten as a vegetable or as a fruit. This fruit can be eaten as a vegetable when it`s still young and in white color inside. There´s a sticky white latex coming out when cutting a young jackfruit.
Unripe jackfruit is very delicious when it is cooked in coconut milk or coconut milk with curry. The flesh is mild and has a texture like of a chicken meat. When cooking this young jackfruit, you have to peel the skin first before cutting the meat into small portions. Then cook them as you wish. For salads or for curries.
Before cutting the unripe one, you have to spread some oil in your hands to avoid the white latex sticking into them. Spread oil to your knife as well. But you don´t have to do this cutting when you buy the needed exact amount of fresh cut young jackfruit in the market, which is common in the Philippines and in other Asian countries like Thailand. In Europe, jackfruit is not so popular, so Asian people like me used the canned one from the Asian Supermarket. The canned jackfruit is not as tasty as the fresh one.
This Aroy-D young green jackfruit in brine is what I am using her in Germany because I can´t get a fresh jackfruit. This is a good preboiled jackfruit in a can and it doesn´t take long when cooking. It tastes almost like the freshly boiled jackfruit. I love it. The jackfruit cooked in coconut milk (photo below) was the canned jackfruit I used in cooking this delicious recipe.
Delicious jackfruit in coconut milk
How To Cut, Open and Eat Jackfruit
The fruit of the ripe jackfruit is in yellow color. It smells very penetrating to ones nose but it has its natural sweetness, juicy and very delicious. When eating the ripe jackfruit, you have to cut them into desired pieces and pull the bulbs one by one. Then open the bulbs and get off the seeds. Enjoy the yellow flesh while you can plant the seeds, roast them or boil them. Boil the seeds for a few minutes until it´s soft and then eat them as a snack.
Jackfruit Meat and Seeds
Health Benefits of Jackfruit
- Jackfruit has a lot of Vitamin A, C and minerals.
- It contains antioxidants which are helpful to our body.
- It contains isoflavone, a phytoestrogen which can also be found in soya beans.
- It helps fight cancer and cure ulcer.
- It is laxative.
Note: Too much eating ripe jackfruit can cause you diarrhea.
Ways To Devour Jackfruit
- Boiling young jackfruit in salt water until done and use it for making a salad.
- Cooking this in coconut milk with or without curry.
- Making a fruit salad with this delicious fruit.
- Making ice cream.
- Making smoothies.
- Making juice out of this fruit.
- Drying ripe jackfruit for a snack.
- Roasting or boiling the seeds.
- Making jam or marmalade.
There are many ways of using this fruit for your meals and desserts. It´s up to you to be creative. I on my part keeps on experimenting how else I can do to savor this delicious fruit in my daily life.
Source: Wikipedia and YouTube
Do you like to try these delicious jackfruits?
Young Jackfruit Recipe
Video In Cooking Jackfruit
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