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Jackfruit – The Best Fruit You’ve Never Heard Of

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Before living in Thailand, I’d neither seen nor heard of Jackfruit. I spent 24 years of my life oblivious to the existence of the sweetest, tastiest, most mouth-watering fruit in the world. If you’ve never tasted jackfruit yourself, I’ll explain what you’re missing out on.

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I’d always felt like something was missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I knew that I wasn’t reaching my fullest potential. The moment jackfruit touched my tongue for the first time, that void was filled. The entire universe became lucid, my eyes dilated, colors were more vivid. The world as I had known it would never be the same.

On the outside, it’s a massive, spiky fruit. It looks like a durian on steroids. According to researchers at the University of Hawaii, the average size of Jackfruit is 35 pounds! But they can grow to be the size of a small toddler.

The inside of the fruit is filled with tons of fleshy yellow “bulbs,” which make up the edible portion.  The flavor and texture of these bulbs is unlike any other fruit. The flavor is like candy: Starbursts, Skittles and Fruit Rollups come to mind. The texture is something like a rubbery banana or mango.

Not only does it taste like heaven, but it’s loaded with health benefits. The jackfruit’s nutritional resumé includes a heap of isoflavones, antioxidants and phytonutrients. In other worse, this fruit kicks cancer’s ass. It is also known to help ulcers and indigestion.

Thai street food

A vendor sells jackfruit bulbs. Delicious.

Jackfruit is abundant in Asia, but it’s largely unknown in the West. A church should be erected where people can gather to worship and admire the greatest sustenance mother earth has yet to offer. I’ll be the church’s first missionary, journeying back to the west to share the gospel of the yellow wonder-fruit.

A word of warning: A fruit that can provoke a religious experience should only be eaten in small quantities. Seriously, don’t eat too much of this heavenly stuff or you’ll get bloated. Trust me.

If you’ve never sampled it, I strongly suggest you seek out some jackfruit and try it for yourself. You could probably find it in Asian markets and speciality stores in the west. Just be careful –you may have an out-of-body experience like I did.

Author: Kevin Cook

I want to inspire you to pursue your own dream of traveling and/or living overseas!

2 Comments

  1. Interesting looking fruit! Going to check to see if there is anything remotely close to this in the caribbean where I’m from 🙂 nice post cheers..

  2. In India we eat it regularly. Cut jack fruit bulb into pieces, add little coconut powder, soak the mixture, in honey, tolerate your temptation to eat this for a day. Then try it’s taste. No other fruit can come even half way close to the taste and fragrance of this ultra delicious fruit.

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