Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. A relative to figs and breadfruit, a harvested jackfruit weighs between 3O and 5O pounds on average! This exotic fruit is grown in tropical regions like Southeast Asia, Brazil and Africa.
Don’t let their large size and prickly exterior intimidate you. They are delicious and taste like a cross between a ripe banana and pineapple with a hint of mango. The unripe jackfruit has a pleasant fibrous texture that is wonderful to use in vegan dishes such as BBQ Pulled Jackfruit which tastes like pulled pork!
They are filled with a sticky white resin, so it is wise to protect everything in your kitchen when opening a jackfruit. This informative video from Wendy Phan demonstrates how to open a jackfruit.
The essential steps are to protect your working surface with newspaper (or cooking oil) and cover your hands and knife with oil to make clean up easier. What you want is the beautiful fruit surrounding the seeds.
Once you’ve slice open the jackfruit, use your knife to remove the center core. Using your hands, pull apart the stringy fibers to access the beautiful fruit surrounding the seeds.
This is the edible part that you can use in vegan recipes like BBQ Pulled Jackfruit. The seeds can be boiled and eaten as well, but discard the stringy fleshy sections between the pods.