Jackfruit

Seasonality of Jackfruit:

  • Jackfruit is in season year-round.

Health Benefits of Jackfruit:

  • Jackfruit contains Vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, antioxidants, potassium, fiber, calcium, and protein.

How to Select Jackfruit:

  • Choose jackfruit with a bright green or yellow color and a fragrant scent.

How to Store Jackfruit:

  • Leave jackfruit on the counter to ripen. Once ripe, it should yield slightly to pressure.
  • Wrap cut fruit tightly in plastic wrap or airtight container and refrigerate up to 7 days or freeze for up to 2 months.

How to Prepare Jackfruit:

  • To cut a ripe jackfruit, first make sure to wear a pair of gloves and cover your cutting board with plastic wrap. Oil a large knife and cut jackfruit into 2-inch slices. Cut the slices in half and run blade along the core line to separate the pods. Break pods off the skin and remove the white fibers and tip. Split pods lengthwise and remove seed and rubbery seed skin. The rest can be eaten! The seeds can also be boiled for 20-30 minutes and eaten.
  • Ripe jackfruit can be eaten fresh or baked into a dessert. Unripe jackfruit can be used as a meat substitute in dishes like tacos, “pulled pork” sandwiches and more.

Fun Facts About Jackfruit:

  • Jackfruit is the world’s largest tree fruit, averaging 15-33 pounds each! The large fruit grows directly out of the trunk or branches of the tree.
  • The exterior of the Jackfruit is covered with spiny, knobby bumps and is green in color.

28 comments on “Jackfruit

  1. The stringy strands of jackfruit
    are those what I use to make meat dishes like pulled pork, tacos, & bbq? Also can I freeze these stringy strands and the fruit pods of jackfruit?

    • Yes, you can use the strands of the jackfruit as a meat substitute. If the jackfruit it ripe, it might be too sweet though. You can also buy canned young (unripe) jackfruit that makes it much easier!

  2. I stored my jackfruit in an airtight bag and 2 days later there was a little bit of air and a lot of juices built up. Is it okay to keep the fruit in the juice or should I drain it to keep it fresh?

    • Hi Felicia,

      Is the jackfruit already cut? It can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days. We also like to freeze for later use and it can be stored up to 2 months in the freezer. You can drain the juice before freezing.

    • Hi Elvia,

      You can wrap the fruit tightly in plastic wrap or airtight container and refrigerate up to 7 days or freeze for up to 2 months. How much you eat is up to you! The suggested serving size is 1 cup.

  3. Hello, do you know if it’s possible to cut half of the jackfruit now to do savory dishes and perhaps wrap the other half in plastic wrap to continue to ripen? I’d like to try both ways since it’s so big!

  4. Hello, I just bought my first jackfruit and it’s at the ripeness where I can make savory dishes. Is there anyway I could use half now and let the other half ripen to eat when it’s sweeter?!

    • Hi Abigail,

      Jackfruit won’t continue to ripen after being cut so you’ll have to decide between sweet and savory, unfortunately.

  5. i bought an half size raw jackfruit but i want to store it for two or three days so that by then it’s still fresh and not being rotten by the time i cook it!

  6. Hi, i bought a big jack fruit. It looks ripen but when i cut into it its not. I cut into 1/3 of it. I now wrapped it in plastic wrap. What can i do till it ripen ?

  7. I am totally confused about this fruit, what part is used for meat replacement and what are the seed pods used for , and how do I tell if it is unripe? do I use the stringing part of it for meat replacement or the pods. after I break it down do I have to cook it. I wish someone would make a video from start to finish. From break down to prep of each stringy and the pod skins , to getting it ready for a meat replacement recipe.

    • Hi Beverly,

      The stringy parts can be used as a meat substitute, but the pods are also edible. You can tell if jackfruit is ripe if it yield slightly to pressure. There are lots of videos on YouTube, just search jackfruit 🙂

      – Amber

      • If I am using jackfruit for meat substitute, can the pods be used as well and if not, what can they be used for since they are not sweet?

        • Hi Becky,

          The pods can be eaten. Here’s how: Break pods off the skin and remove the white fibers and tip. Split pods lengthwise and remove seed and rubbery seed skin. The rest can be eaten! The seeds can also be boiled for 20-30 minutes and eaten.

  8. Hi, I need to vacume pack cooked jack fruit. How can I preserve it for few months. And the cooking means boiled jack fruit and curried jack fruit.
    Thank you.

    • The flesh and pods are edible but require a little work. Break pods off the skin and remove the white fibers and tip. Split pods lengthwise and remove seed and rubbery seed skin. The rest can be eaten!

    • We would not suggest storing cut jackfruit outside of the fridge. Cover and refrigerate up to 7 days or freeze for 2 months.

  9. hi ,
    i have raw jackfruit, and i would like to keep it for future use, for cooking (not as ripe)
    (use after 2 to 3 months) how it possible?
    .

  10. I want to pick the unripe jkfrt from our tree. However, how do I know if it’s too young and should stay longer so I can use it as a meat substitute?

  11. I have a Jackfruit tree in my house and had fruit that broke open while still on the tree. I harvested that one but it’s not sweet at all. I feel it’s not ripe yet. Can it ripen a few days on my counter?

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