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Information about Jackfruit

Updated on October 17, 2016
Artocarpus heterophyllus
Artocarpus heterophyllus

Jackfruit is a species related to breadfruit.

Originally from the rainforest of India and Malaysia and is now grown in Asia, Africa, America and in Australia. Also spelt "jak fruit", in tropical Asia it is known as nangka or langka.

Jackfruit is one of the largest fruit; some variety can weigh up to 20-40 kg. It is large and rounded oval.

It is covered with green knobby skin which turns yellow or brown as it ripens and has a juicy sweet flesh. Each fruit contains numerous large edible seeds.

Unripe Jackfruit:

  • When unripe, both seeds and the flesh are eaten as a vegetable, the unripe fruit is creamy and white in color usually cooked in curries or made into chutney. The immature fruit which is often picked when around 8-10 (20-25cm) in length is popular as a vegetable throughout the warmer countries of Asia.

Ripe Jackfruit:

  • Ripe jackfruit can be peeled and eaten raw and the pulp is sweet and rather bland. Can be boiled, roasted or fried or can be preserved in syrup or dried. It makes a good addition to a fruit salad. The flesh is used for ice cream, curries and deep fries or simply served chilled on a bed of ice.

The seeds can be eaten boiled , fried or roasted like chestnuts which they resemble

Jackfruit is an acquired taste due to its pungent odour.

Health Benefits

Jack fruit are rich in carbohydrate and an excellent source of vitamin A and C with good fibre iron and moderate zinc.

Buying: Always select fruit with undamaged skin.

Preparing and Storing:

Peeled the jackfruit with an oiled knife and also oil your hands to prevent the latex sticking to your fingers and knife. Cut the fruit in half and remove the flesh from around the seeds.

Store the flesh in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Keep the uncut fruit outside the house because the smell will penetrate the house.

If buying sliced jackfruit, make sure the flesh is not turning brown. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for 1-2 days. In Asian markets, slices of young jackfruits are often sold in plastic bags as the whole fruit is normally too much for one family.


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      Thaicook 5 years ago

      In Thailand at least, Jackfruit does not have a pungent odour, neither is it an "acquired taste". It is one of those fruits when eaten at the optium time is far from bland. It is sweet and juicy and simply delicious. I have eaten it at bad and good times. When it's bad it's almost inedible because it's so dry and difficult to chew.

      The latex starts to ooze from the skin within seconds of cutting from the tree and is incredibly sticky. You must use oil on your cutting knife.

      Durians on the other hand, certainly smell terrible and taste the same. Thais seem to like it but not many foreigners. Some establishments have a sign "Durians not allowed" So if you are from the planet Dura, you have a problem.

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      Nomadannie 6 years ago

      I am also allergic to Jack Fruit - and recent studies show it shares some similar structures with birch and mulberry. Who had any idea? Well, it makes sense then because I am highly allergic to those pollens.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      I miss the real jackfruit MM, hehe, it is so nice fruit but the smell is another thing, thank you for this healthy hub, Maita

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Oh wow! This looks absolutely amazing! I have never ever seen one and I know if i would have as they are so large at times! A very interesting and tasty hub, Rosario!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I've never heard of this intriguing thing!! I wonder can we get it here in the United States and I've just never noticed them? These look delicious!

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Very nice hub! We call it "ka-nun" in Thai. Ripe jackfruits smell really good, somewhat like flowers. But unfortunately, I'm allergic to it, which is pretty weird. I've never met anyone else who's also allergic to jackfruit in my life lol

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      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      thanks for the visit gramarye....

      @sunforged....opsss.....sorry i will remove the tag.....thanks for letting me know...

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      sunforged 7 years ago from

      quick favor - dont use "60dc-logs" in regular hubs, its just a trick for organizing our hub logs..

      Btw...very cool, i can honestly say I never had heard of a jackfruit before!

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Yum! Jackfruit is not well known in Australia, but it is certainly good! Thank you for a great hub.