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Nov 17, 2013 07:24 PM

Jackfruit in the Triangle

Does anyone know where I can find unripe jackfruit? I've been reading that it's used as a meat substitute in South Asia and would love to give it a try. It can be frozen or canned.

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  1. Pretty sure I've seen it at Grand Asia in Cary...

    1. Li Ming's-- closer to you than GA.

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      1. re: bbqme

        thanks meatn3 & bbqme, you're the best!
        bbqme; do you think Around the World Market might have it as well, I have to do some shopping there.

        1. re: Rory

          Have not seen it there in the produce area. They may have it in cans but it would likely be in syrup.

          1. re: bbqme

            It was in stock at Li Ming's in Durham 2 weeks ago. Be sure you're ready and willing for the taste of durian. I've bought it twice and both times I spit it out. I'm an adventurous eater, but I can't stomach the taste or aroma of the stuff. Jackfruit would make a deadly projectile, though.

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              Tom, a jackfruit isn't a durian though they supposedly looks similar (having seen neither) but thank you for the info, that it's in stock. (bbqme appreciate it).

              1. re: Rory

                Thank you for that clarification. I have learned something from you.

              2. re: Tom from Raleigh

                I'm so sorry Tom that you don't like durian. It, and jackfruit are both so good, but especially the durian that my mouth waters just thinking about it. Admittedly the aroma is pretty horrible but if you can hold your nose until it is in front of you and then just dig in, the wonderful taste will soon have you learning to tolerate the smell in order to get to the great taste. Ah, well, though, to each his own of course. My mother-in-law loved bitter melon/corilla but I can't stand it no matter how she cooked it.

        2. If you get some, have you ever considered making chips - fried or perhaps baked - from the green fruit? If you do, let me know how you like it - or not.

          1. Question I want to know is.. how do know if it is ripe or not? And yes Jackfruit and Durian are different and don't taste alike.

            1. Here is some information from I found interesting. "When unripe (green), it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making jackfruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat. In fact, canned jackfruit (in brine) is sometimes referred to as "vegetable meat".
              Jackfruit can also be purchased frozen, dried, or canned either in brine (usually unripe) or in syrup (ripe and sweet). If using fresh jackfruit, it's a good idea to oil your knife and hands first before cutting, as the fruit is very sticky." Now you have me curious to try it.

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              1. re: Panski

                Contrary to the page, the texture is usually described like cooked pork and is used as a vegetarian substitute for it - like barbecue or carnitas.

                What you want to look for is in cans and either labeled "green" or "young".