Jackfruit - presliced in approximately 1.5lb slices (Leave us a note at checkout if you'd like to purchase a whole fruit, approx 10-20lb, and we'll make adjustments to your order.)
A single Jackfruit commonly weighs in between 10-30lb, but some fruits can mature much larger to over 100lb! As strange as this fruit looks—when you get to the inside, its texture looks like shredded meat—ripe jackfruit has a surprisingly sweet flavor like a combination of mango, pineapple and banana, or in other words, exactly like Juicy Fruit gum. The flavor of that gum is rumored to have been modeled after the flavor of ripe jackfruit.
Jackfruit is gaining popularity because of its versatility, especially as a replacement for meat, pulled pork being its most common use. The texture is just what you want for plant-based variations of dishes typically made with a pulled meat, and it carries the flavor of a marinade or sauce very well. Even better, you can use it for any part of the meal, from appetizers all the way to desserts.
Jackfruit can be eaten either unripened or ripened. Because it’s not as sweet, the unripened version is best for using as a meat substitute and goes well in tacos, pulled jackfruit sandwiches, curry dishes and almost anything you can think of. With its fairly neutral taste, it takes on the flavor of sauces or spices you’re using. Meanwhile, the ripened version tends to be sweeter, which is why it’s typically better for desserts or enjoyed by itself.
***Cutting Tips: Careful when cutting Jackfruit. The unripe fruit contains more latex than the ripe fruit, but both will leave your hands and knife quite sticky. Many experienced chefs recommend oiling your knife and hands with coconut oil or other cooking oil beforehand to aid in cleanup.