Does Jackfruit Taste As Weird As It Looks?

by Zena Wozniak

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Lately, we’ve been seeing jackfruit everywhere. But does this stuff actually taste any good?

First things first…

A What-Fruit!?

A jackfruit is a tropical fruit native to Southeast Asia. It looks like this:

Whole Jackfruit - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

It’s the largest fruit to grow on a tree, and a single fruit may weigh anywhere from 10-50 pounds. (The one we found at Whole Foods was about 20 pounds.) Since each tree produces between 150-250 fruits each year, it’s considered an incredibly abundant food source.

In addition to its abundance, jackfruit is becoming quite notorious for its versatility. When harvested, here’s what the fruit looks like:

Jackfruit Pieces - The Wellnest by HUM Nutrition

Though naturally a very sweet fruit, the crunchy strand texture lends itself to meat substitutes quite nicely. Also, canned varieties are available to cook down with your own savory sauce into a vegetarian pulled pork. You can even buy pre-packaged jackfruit teriyaki and barbecue products.

Why Should I Eat JACKFRUIT?

This unusual fruit is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants to help the body fight free radicals. As a meat substitute, it has a ton of fiber which satisfies the appetite and is great for digestion. As a bonus, it also has a fair dose of magnesium, calcium, and B6 among other phytonutrients.

What Does it Taste Like?

See for yourself in the video above. HUM staffers tried this tropical fruit four different ways: fresh, packaged teriyaki, canned, and dried.


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