Jackfruit?grows in parts of Asia and is the largest fruit that can be found on a tree.
It belongs to the same family as figs and mulberries (but doesn't t look or taste anything like either). Although it can grow up to a whopping metre long, it?s usually around a sizeable 30cm in length.
Within its uneven green skin lies a waxy yellow flesh, that falls apart into separate bulbs when cut.
What does jackfruit taste like?
Fresh, ripe, uncooked jackfruit has a delightfully sweet, tropical flavour, somewhere between?pineapple?and?mango?(some liken it to Juicy Fruit chewing gum).
It occasionally has a savoury whiff, but this doesn't t affect the flavour. Young, unripe green jackfruit? usually found in tins - isn't sweet and has a neutral taste (if you ve ever eaten a tinned artichoke heart straight from the can, it s a bit like that).
This version is best cooked into a savoury recipe with plenty of spices and seasoning to pep it up.
What kind of texture does jackfruit have?
When fresh and ripe, the texture is a little like pineapple, but waxier and less juicy.
Unripe, the firmer, stringy, slightly fibrous nature it possesses is why it has become a beloved?vegan?staple ? it?s perfect as a substitute for pulled pork, especially because its bland flavour adapts to whatever sauce you pair it with.