Jackfruit is a delicious exotic fruit that tends to grow in tropical regions that has a spiky outer skin and is green in color. This fruit can be super sweet in flavor, once you get to the core and remove all the outer flesh you arrive at the yellowish like pods filled with deliciousness.  Jackfruit can be found at your local farmers market and it is typically large in size. For flavor comparisons, it has a similar taste to pineapple, mango and banana combined. It’s just yummy!

The most commonly consumed part of jackfruit is the fruit pods, which are edible both when ripe and unripe. It can be used in sweet and savory dishes, including desserts and curries. I typically will use my jackfruit as a meat substitute in tacos or sliders, also in waffles or muffins.

Jackfruit is also packed with so many nutrients and antioxidants as it has protein, fiber, vitamin A & C , magnesium, potassium and so much more. It’s also fairly low in calories and has been known to have so many other health benefits:
  • Can help lower or manage blood sugar
  • Can protect cells (for some it helps treat cancerous cell damage and develop resistance)
  • Can aid in weightloss
  • Can prevent skin problems
  • Can boost immune health
  • Can reduce risk of heart disease
  • Can improve digestion
  • Can aid in lowering blood pressure
  • Can fight insomnia

There are lots more other benefits to using jackfruit and beyond that, it is just simply a delicious snack all on it’s own! So if you are ever at your local farmers market, look for the prickly fruit (pictured above) if you are unfamiliar with it and go ahead and give it a try!