What Does Jackfruit Taste Like?

If you have never seen a jackfruit you might be taken back by the large size and intimidating look of this type of fruit.   In fact, when most people see this type of fruit they ask what is it and what does jackfruit taste like?  These questions and more will get answered in this guide. 

So, what do jackfruit taste like?  Jackfruit when eaten at the right time is delicious and has a tart but sweet combination of fruit flavors that remind you of a mix of pineapple and mango flavors.  However, if you try and eat a green jackfruit that is not ripe yet you will get a very sour taste.

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What is a jackfruit

The jackfruit is a large greenish fruit that comes from a species of trees within the mulberry, fig, and breadfruit family.  The origin of this fruit comes from the region of southern India and Malaysia.  The jackfruit is also the national fruit of Bangladesh and grows as large as honeydew and is oblong in shape.  

While jackfruit is eaten around the world it exclusively grown in the Southeast part of Asia.  The Jackfruit has a sweet smell like fruit and also has smooth bumps on the surface of its skin.

The tree of jackfruit is also astonishing and can produce up to three tons of fruit per year.  A unique feature of this fruit is it is also being used as a plant-based meat alternative.  When spiced right you can also use vegetables to turn this into a vegan type meal. 

The young unripe fruits have stringy meat like feal and texture when cooked and they take on the flavors very well from what you season them with. 

Jackfruits are the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and although the average weight of a fruit is around 10 to 25 pounds there are reports that jackfruit can weigh up to 100 pounds and be almost three feet long. 

When can you tell a jackfruit is ripe?

Most of the time you want to eat your fruit when it’s ripe.  But how do you know when jackfruit is ripe and ready to eat?  First, you will want to look at the skin color of the jackfruit.  It should have a yellowish skin tone.

When you pick up the jackfruit you will want to gentle give it a little squeeze to see if the rough outside texture should be soft to the touch and the fruit should give a little when you press on the flesh a little.

Now it’s time to use your smell.  A ripe jackfruit will always have a musky fragrance.  This will let you know that the inside flesh is juicy and sweet and ready to eat.

Taste of jackfruit

How to cut a jackfruit?

Jackfruit may be an intimidating fruit at first sight and for good reason.  It’s one of the biggest fruits you can get.  But do not fear we will show you how to get through the skin and into the nice edible flesh.  

Be aware that this fruit is full of the latest type of sap that can be a problem for some if you have never opened up one.  This sap can get everywhere and it’s extremely sticky.  If you find yourself in the middle of this sap at-home coconut oil will remove the latex.  

Cutting the fruit when it’s at its ripest will help eliminate the latex nightmare scenario. 

Coconut oil is really something you should use on your knife and hands if you don’t have gloves.

One of the best pages we have found to show you how to cut a jackfruit properly is from sweetsimplevegan.com.  

She goes into great detail on everything you need to do to cut a jackfruit properly.  We highly recommend you check out her blog post.  

Nutrition of jackfruit

Amount per serving: 151 g
Calories: 143

 Daily Value
Total Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0.3 g2%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g-
Monounsaturated fat 0.2 g-
Cholesterol 0 mg0%
Sodium 3 mg0%
Potassium 676 mg19%
Total Carbohydrate 35 g12%
Dietary fiber 2.3 g9%
Sugar 29 g
Protein 2.6 g5%
Vitamin A0%
Calcium4%
Vitamin D0%
Vitamin B-120%
Vitamin C34%
Iron2%
Vitamin B-625%
Magnesium11%

Benefits of Jackfruit to the body

jackfruit seeds

Jackfruit seeds are edible and can be used to make hummus or seasoned and eaten. 

jackfruits are very beneficial to your body and when eaten they may provide health benefits as follows.

  • Improve digestion.  Jackfruit is packed with fiber and helps with digestion.
  • Energy booster.  Filled with vitamin B more specific vitamin B6 and high in complex carbs that can give you a charge in energy.
  • Good for the immune system.  Jackfruit has a good amount of vitamin C and other antioxidants that can help protect you from getting sick. 
  • Good for vision.  Jackfruit has vitamin A along with zeaxanthin, lutein, and beta-carotene that helps to promote healthy eyes.
  • Promoted good bone health.  Jackfruit is packed with calcium and helps with healthy bones.

what does canned jackfruit taste like?

Canned jackfruit is popular because if it’s not in season it may be harder to locate fresh jackfruit so turning to fresh canned jackfruit will work.

Canned jackfruit is used a lot as a meat alternative because of the stringy texture.  Jackfruit easily takes on flavored that it is marinated in or seasoned in.  

If you purchase jackfruit with syrup in the can it will be sweet. 

Using canned jackfruit is easier in some cases to just open the can and east or incorporate into soups or other dishes.

Related questions

Are our jackfruit seeds edible?  Yes.  The seeds can be boiled or roasted and then seasoned to taste.  A lot of people even turn the seeds into hummus.  

Are there risks to eating jackfruit?  Although it is safe for most of us to eat jackfruit some people may have to avoid eating this fruit because of allergic reactions.  If you are allergic to birch pollen you should probably avoid eating jackfruit.

Does jackfruit taste like meat?  This depends on who you ask what the jackfruit was seasoned with.  Some say it’s sweet as others say it has a pulled pork favor.  Jackfruit will take on the taste of what you season it with and especially younger jackfruit that is not ripe can have a meaty texture. 

What does jackfruit smell like?  Jackfruit has a very distinctive smell to it.  A musky smell and some say it has a stinky odor.  

Our final thoughts on jackfruit taste

Jackfruit can definitely be challenging to open if you do not go about it the correct way.  Make sure to pick a ripe fruit so the sap content is lower.  Use coconut oil on your knife and hands when cutting open the fruit.  

Once you get past the fear of opening up the fruit you may be pleasantly surprised and find many ways to use the flesh and seeds.  

You may want to start off with a can of jackfruit to see if you like the flesh before moving on to opening a fresh one.

Regardless it is something you should try to see if it is something you like.  You will never know unless you try it.  Who knows maybe someone will ask you what does a jackfruit taste like?  And you will be able to explain.

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