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chilindrina May 8, 2009 12:34 PM

i've started seeing HUGE jackfruits outside the indian markets in jackson heights. intriguing, but what is it, exactly? what do you do with one?

  1. Joe MacBu May 11, 2009 09:32 PM

    I regularly use the canned green jackfruit. It has a fibrous texture that is similar to barbecued pork butt. One method of preparation is to dry fry it with potatoes, spices and perhaps some green peas. While it does taste slightly briny and sour, I wouldn't say the canned version stinks nor is it repulsive in any way. Get a can for $2 and see for yourself.

    The young "green" jackfruit is treated like a savory vegetable (or meat substitute), while the mature version is more like a fruit.

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      MahatmaKanejeeves May 10, 2009 08:02 AM

      Jackfruit is defintely worth a try. I thought that it was a little bland. That might have been the bit that I tried. At least it isn't messy or smelly. Each pod doesn't have much juice on the outside. I had pods that were already cut and sold in a plastic bag. The taste isn't unique as durian, but worthy of a sample.

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        Pulpio May 9, 2009 11:34 AM

        Ba Xuyen makes an excellent jackfruit milkshake to accompany their perfect banh mi.

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          captainspacefood May 9, 2009 02:53 PM

          Silent H in Williamsburg does a nice jackfruit shake as well.

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            chilindrina May 9, 2009 04:15 PM

            maybe i will try a shake before investing in a whole fruit... ;)

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              bigjeff May 10, 2009 09:26 AM

              or, just buy a can of jackfruit (sold in asian supermarkets) for the "canned peaches" version of jackfruit. and then imagine how nice it is fresh. yum!

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          foodwich May 8, 2009 05:39 PM

          they stink. in india they are cooked when unripe as a savory. most street corners in mumbai sell them but the odor puts a lot of people off. once you get past the smell, the fruit is yellow and delicious.

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            ferdydurke May 9, 2009 12:08 PM

            foodwich, i think you may be thinking of durian. They do look quite similar to jackfruit, but they smell like death.

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              bigjeff May 10, 2009 09:25 AM

              jackfruit also has a funky smell (the rind sometimes); didn't think foodwich was confusing with durian since the cooking part is correct (many indonesian places do a really nice jackfruit dish; check java village or minangasli) for jackfruit, but you don't cook durian.

              good point though; i guess it's hard to know if you're getting a ripe one or unripe (not sure if they naturally ripen off the plant) so you do take your chances by buying a big unopened sucker. but the unripe savory version can be delicious as well. in fact, that sort of makes sense because they sell "green jackfruit" at patel brothers and it is about a 10" diameter sphere, so those must be the unripe ones and the big ones (can be watermelon sized) are the ripe ones. maybe.

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                foodwich May 11, 2009 04:20 AM

                nope jackfruit it is. DH will not eat it because of the smell. once i got over the smell i fell in love with it. and have eaten the raw ones cooked by my friend's mother. the ripe ones have the smell. i have never tried the canned versions , since they are available at the indian grocers may have to do attempt this.

            2. bigjeff May 8, 2009 05:35 PM

              looks so delicious! not a bad deal at $2.49 a lb, considering they sell them on the street in chinatown for $4 a pound. I saw them on 37th ave, at the grocery store NEXT TO subzi mandi; they are heavy but really good, a small one will prob run $25 or so. if you've never had them, you are in for a treat; the large fruit houses many many smaller pods which surround seeds; the "meat" is these pods and it's really really nice. hard to describe but great texture and fragrance. and you can also eat the "meat" surrounding the pods but some people just discard them.

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