Jackfruit is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family. Jackfruit is a large, green and oblong fruit with a bumpy and fleshy exterior. On the inside, jackfruit contains many pale-yellow, plump bulbs, which are edible. The seeds of a jackfruit can also be cooked, eaten on their own, or ground into flour. A ripe and unopened jackfruit most often has a strong, unpleasant odor, however the pulp of the fruit smells sweet. The taste of jackfruit is sweet and similar to pineapple and/or a mango. However, when it’s unripe, the jackfruit has more of a neutral flavor and works well in savory dishes.
Since jackfruit has has both a sweet and savoury flavor at different points of ripeness, it can be used for multiple dishes and recipes. Jackfruit can be a great substitute for meat in a savory dish or a fruit in another dessert!