An introduction to Jackfruit
Despite being around for thousands of years, jackfruit is still relatively new to the UK. This can often lead to confusion and misunderstanding of what jackfruit actually is and what it be used for. Frustratingly, much of the information on the internet is also wrong, with specific regards to jackfruit’s nutritional benefits, as almost all websites are unwittingly sharing old data which is only relevant to jackfruit in a can. Below we have listed (and answered!) some of the most common questions, but please don’t hesitate to call us if there’s anything we’ve missed, or to learn more.
What is jackfruit and what does it look like? Is it really fruit?
- Yes, jackfruit is a fruit! Not only that – it’s the world’s largest fruit. One tree can produce over 200 fruits per year, and one jackfruit can weigh over 100lbs. Jackfruit are large, often larger than a water melon, weigh 10lb – 60lb, and are commonly green with a hard, rough outer skin. Inside, the flesh is separated into multiple individual fruit segments, which look similar to bulbs of garlic.
What does it taste like?
- Ripe jackfruit tastes like a combination of mango, pineapple and banana. Unripe jackfruit has almost no taste, but can taste a little bitter or acidic. It’s unripe jackfruit that you should be using for creating savoury dishes.
What is young, green jackfruit?
- Young, or green, jackfruit is simply another way of saying unripe jackfruit. The term ‘green’ can be a little misleading however, as unripe jackfruit is actually white.
Where does it grow?
- Jackfruit is native to India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. In India it is often found growing in people’s back gardens, by the roadside, and in jungles.
Is jackfruit the same as Durian?
- No. Although they look similar on the outside they are not related. This is a relief to a lot of people, as Durian is well known for having an unpleasant, over-powering aroma. The jackfruit is actually related to the Fig and Mulberry.