All About Jackfruit
Jackfruit is one of Mother Nature's largest fruit creations! It has a sweet, musky and tropical flavor that combines the tastes of mango, pineapple and banana. Its soft, golden pods of fruit are quite juicy with the texture that’s a bit like a chewy apricot. It’s fragrant aroma is a heady mix of pungent cheese, fruit punch and sugar.
This eye-catching fruit is absolutely ginormous and completely covered in a spiky, green rind. Clocking in at up to 120lbs, a jackfruit looks like a giant dino egg.
At FruitStand, we look forward to sending you a beautiful package of these extraordinary fruits from our small specialty farms partners. Keep reading to learn all about jackfruit!
Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus, is a big, spiky, tropical fruit that’s also known as jak or jaka. Rumor has it that a famous bubblegum brand modeled its juicy flavor after this strange fruit. We don’t know how true that is, but ripe jackfruit has a sweet, musky flavor that tastes like a combination of tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and banana. Often confused with durian (even though they’re very different fruits), jackfruits boast a heady fragrance that’s sweet, musky and pungently cheesy all at the same time.
Jackfruit might be the biggest fruit you’ll ever see. They can reach up to 120lbs, nearly three feet long! On the outside, jackfruits have a spiky, verdant green skin that sometimes has blushes of brown or yellow. When fully ripened, jackfruit skin turns a yellowish color and no more green will remain. Inside, jackfruit has sticky, golden, fibrous pulp and buttery yellow pods of fruit. Each pod of fruit contains a large seed. The fruit pods have
The rind, core and raw seeds of jackfruit are inedible. Cooked jackfruit seeds, however, are not to be missed. Roasting and boiling are the most common ways to prepare them. Jackfruit seeds taste like a cross between a mild chestnut and a potato, with a touch of sweetness and a starchy texture.
It’s believed that jackfruit is native to India and Malaysia, and is cultivated throughout the world in tropical climates. You’ll find jackfruit growing throughout Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, United States, South America, Australia and beyond. It’s even the national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka!
These incredible fruits grow from a jack tree and come into season during July and August. The jack tree has a staunch stature, with a wide, short trunk and a dense, evergreen canopy of leaves that can reach over 65 feet high!
The national fruit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, jackfruit is native to India and Malaysia. It now grows in tropical climates around the world, throughout the Caribbean, United States, South America, Australia and beyond.
These incredible fruits grow from a jack tree and come into season during July and August. The jack tree is an evergreen, with a generous canopy and relatively staunch trunk for a tree that can grow to be over 65 feet high. Like the fruit, jack trees can ooze a white, latex-like sap.
Jackfruit is in season during the summertime, peaking in July and August. Keep an eye on Fruitstand.com to know when we’re shipping these big beauties!
Whether a jackfruit is certified organic or not will depend on the farm where it was grown. At FruitStand, we only partner with the best specialty farms for exceptional quality of produce. When each harvest is available, we'll tell you whether the fruit is considered organic or conventional.
Now that you know all about jackfruit, head to our blog to try our delicious recipes like vegan BBQ pulled jackfruit “pork” and roasted garlic jackfruit seed hummus! Snap a pic of your jackfruit dishes and tag us on Instagram @fruitstandcom for a chance to be featured!