A whole jackfruit next to slices of jackfruit

How to select

Jackfruit will have a sweet smell when it's almost ripe. Choose jackfruit that yields to slight pressure.

How to prepare

Using a sharp knife, cut the jackfruit in half lengthwise, then crosswise to make four pieces. Remove the core and seeds from each piece. Separate the fruit from the flesh by bending each piece. Wash the fruit to remove any fibers. 

How to store

Jackfruit can be refrigerated for up to 7 days or frozen for 2 months or more.

Peak season

Spring, summer

Ways to use

  • Top yogurt or ice cream with jackfruit. 
  • Add to your favorite curry, soup, or stir-fry recipe. 
  • Combine jackfruit with other fruits in a smoothie. 
  • Try the seeds roasted or boiled for a nutritious snack. 
  • Use unripe jackfruit as a meat substitute.

Fun facts

  • Jackfruit is related to breadfruit, mulberries, and figs. 
  • Jackfruit is the largest fruit produced by trees and can be as big as 3 feet long and 100 pounds. 
  • The name jackfruit comes from the Portuguese word "jaca".

Nutrition info and facts

Jackfruit is a good source of fiber, vitamin B2, copper, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.

1 cup sliced jackfruit = 157 calories, 3 g protein, 1 g fat, 38 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fiber, 31 g sugar, 48 mg magnesium, 739 mg potassium, 23 mg vitamin C

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