Photos taken at the San Gabriel Superstore - San Gabriel. Can you tell how big it is? Jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world and can weigh up to 80 lbs.
How about now?
A few months back my youngest aunt stopped by with a section of jackfruit for me.
I could already tell by the smell and the color that it was super sweet.
Jackfruit have lots of these tendrils holding the meat. Just pop it out.
Then remove the seed.
Eat at room temperature or chilled. Doesn't the remaining shell and tendrils look like a shag carpet? :P
There's a bit of a mucous coating the fruit so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
September 10, 2008 Update: My mom says Vietnamese don't waste anything. The jackfruit seeds can be boiled and eaten. They supposedly taste starchy like potatoes. The jackfruit "tendrils" are bland but edible, so braise them in meat dishes.
My Vietnamese jackfruit recipes:
Goi Mit Non Tom Thit Heo (Vietnamese Green Jackfruit Salad with Pork and Shrimp)
Hot Mit Luoc (Vietnamese Boiled Jackfruit Seeds)
Thit Heo Kho Mit (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Jackfruit)
Tropical Fruit Cocktail Delight
You can see jackfruit on the tree in my Mekong Delta - Vietnam virtual tour.
I'm submitting this recipe to Weekend Herb Blogging, a world-wide food blogging event created by Kalyn's Kitchen celebrating herbs, vegetables, or flowers.
If you would like to participate, see who's hosting next week. WHB is hosted this week by Ulrike of Kuchenlatein.
1 year ago today, on Sundays...I still watch out for and give my cans to the little old Chinese man who digs through the recycling bins.