Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Try It Tuesday - Jackfruit

Welcome to Try It Tuesday, where we try a fruit or vegetable that is new to us.  Last week, we discovered what lies beneath the alien-like surface of the rambutan. This week I present another Southeast Asian fruit...the jackfruit.  It's the largest tree-born fruit there is, and can weigh up to 80 pounds.

You can buy it fresh, in which case you wanna look for a big greenish-yellow ball with little spikes all over it.

You can also buy it in cans. However, I bought it frozen.

It looks like peach or mango. Tastes similar, too. We made the Urban Vegan's Jackfruit-Banana Smoothie.

Jackson sucked his down in record time.

This was all that was left for me after the kids drank their fill!

It didn't blend as smooth as I would've liked, but I think that's because my blender broke and I was using my food processor to make a smoothie, which isn't the best scenario. The jackfruit had a lightly sweet flavor and I picked up hints of cinnamon.

You can also turn jackfruit into vegan BBQ! I am totally going to do this.

Have you tried any new foods lately? I'd love to hear about it, good or bad.


  1. BBQ jackfruit is the best!! i didn't know it grew so large on the tree--80 pounds?! i've never tried it in a smoothie though.

  2. Yum! I have never tried jack fruit either! I haven't tried anything very new lately...small town WY isn't known for its exotic anything.

  3. I've heard about the BBQ, which made me think it was more neutrally flavored than the fruit it seems to be. Let us know how that works out! I think it also comes in cans...

  4. I've heard good things about jackfruit. . .I did hear it used in a recipe for carnitas, subbing it in for the animal. This smoothie looks a little less intimidating, will have to try it!

  5. Another scary fruit. You and your family are quite courageous.

  6. Rambutan is one of my favorite fruits! I love jackfruit too! I haven't really cooked or made into smoothies either of them, only fresh. I love that you and your kids are trying new things!

  7. I've never tried Jackfruit. There's a restaurant in KC that sells jackfruit nachos and sandwiches and stuff, but I've never been there. A co-worker said the jackfruit was amazing though and I'd like to try it!

  8. Hello, Just found your site randomly while searching for places to buy jackfruit in the Austin area. I have spent time in Sri Lanka working, and this is where I first had jackfruit. I love it! If you have not had it cooked yet you should try!! It is the best! We were served this wonderful fruit in many different ways, and I am looking forward to cooking them for my family! All the best on the food adventures!

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by! I buy it at Shahi Food, 12410 N Lamar Blvd. That's the only place I have been able to find the unsweetened jackfruit.