Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus) is a very large, rounded fruit that comes in a yellowish-green color, with little spikes around its outer surface. In fact, it is the largest fruit in the world that grows from a tree ó a single jackfruit can weigh up to 40 kgs (80 lbs)! The jackfruit tree is commonly grown in subtropical and tropical climates, such as south-east Asian countries. In these regions, itís an everyday fruit that is used in a variety of meals, ranging from curries to desserts.
So why has it become a new hot topic? In English-speaking countries, such as America and Australia, jackfruit has begun to gain momentum as a favorite food to cook with because of its versatility and ability to be used as an alternative to pork.
When jackfruit is young, many people believe jackfruit tastes like artichokes. It also has a stringy consistency. At this young, unripe stage that it can be used as a meat alternative and is when it can be used for jackfruit pulled pork. As the flavor is so subtle at this stage it can be used in a wide variety of meals, as it complements the flavors that it is cooked with.
As a jackfruit matures, it becomes softer and sweeter in flavor. Some liken its taste to a combination of fruits such as pineapple, mangoes, and banana with a juicy fruit overtone. Even though it is sweeter at this stage, its taste is still versatile enough that it can be used in any type of meal, including dishes like curries.
When jackfruit reaches its final ripening stage it becomes much sweeter, which is why it makes a popular dessert or addition to desserts or healthy smoothies.
How to eat jackfruit pods
Once a jackfruit is cut open it contains little yellow, edible pods. These are the most commonly used part of the fruit ó all you need to do is remove the seeds from within them.
Growing jackfruit trees are extremely sensitive to frost and cannot abide drought. They flourish in rich, deep, and somewhat porous soil. They enjoy a constant source of moisture though they cannot tolerate wet roots and will cease to bear fruit or even die if kept too wet. We ship healthy trees over 14"+ tall.