I know you’re probably thinking jack what? I’ve never seen or heard of such a thing? Well get ready to be blown away. The jackfruit tree is native to Southeast Asia and grows well in tropical lowland regions such as India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. It is the largest tree-borne fruit available to us, weighing as much as 80 pounds. Whoa, that’s a big fruit!
Large and prickly and yellow-green in color on the outside but slice a jackfruit in half and inside you’ll find pods or seed-like bulbs. These bulbs are actually a fleshy covering for the true seeds or pits, which are round and dark like chestnuts. The fleshy part outer bulb can be eaten as is, or cut up and cooked. When unripe, and more green in color, it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat.
The jackfruit has quite a few health benefits as well. Containing many vitamins and minerals such as isoflavones, antioxidants, and phytonutrients the jackfruit is a powerhouse with cancer-fighting properties. Also rich in potassium jackfruit can help lower blood pressure. If fighting indigestion or ulcers, the extract of jackfruit root is believed to help cure fever, diarrhea and other related symptoms to indigestion.
Not quite sure where to start or how to add a little jackfruit to your diet? Check out this recipe we found from Keepin’ It Kind for Jackfruit Enchiladas, they look and sound delicious, I can almost taste them now!