Trái mít - Jack fruit

Trái mít – Jack fruit

This picture taken from my auntie’s garden! Awesome ha?!

The Jack fruit is enormous and prickly on the outside, Jack fruit looks somewhat like Durian (though Jack fruit usually even larger). Once a Jack fruit is cracked open, what you will find inside are pods or “bulbs”. Often referred to as the seeds, these bulbs are actually kind of fleshy covering for the true seeds or pits, which are round and dark like chestnuts. The fleshy part (the “bulb”) can be eaten as is, or cut up and cooked. When unripe (green), it is remarkably similar in texture to chicken, making Jack fruit an excellent vegetarian substitute for meat. In fact, canned Jack fruit (in brine) is sometimes referred to as “vegetable meat”.

Jack fruit can also be purchased frozen, dried, or canned either in brine (usually unripe) or in syrup (ripe and sweet). If using fresh Jack fruit, it’s a good idea to oil your knife and hands first before cutting, as the fruit is very sticky.