Heavy lifting

This boulder of a fruit has an almost coral-like exterior and the biggest surprise, its tangy flesh is rich in vitamins A and C, potassium, zinc, iron and phosphorus.


Next time you’re ready to experiment with your tacos, sandwiches or protein bowls, give this fruit from the tropics a try.

How much do they weigh?

If you’re shopping for fresh jackfruit, be prepared to bend those knees! Jackfruits sold in stores can weigh up to 25 pounds. But, that’s not even the half of it … or a quarter! If left to grow on their own, jackfruits can reach up to 100 pounds!

Jackfruit in bunches on a tree
Jackfruit and rice in pan

Did you know?

Jackfruit may be a trending item here in the United States, but has been a staple for curries and stews for hundreds of years in Asian countries. When spiced and slow cooked, the flesh is most comparable to pulled-pork and an excellent meat replacement.

So … when’s it ripe?

Your cumbersome companion will be ready when it starts to give off a fruity, fragrant aroma and its exterior color has turned a greenish-yellow. The fruit itself will be firm with a bit of give.

Ripe jackfruit on tree
Jackfruit burger

Try it!

Throw together a quick 30-minute meal that’s packed with nutrients!

  • 2 20-oz. cans Jackfruit, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 med. Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • Paprika, salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 cup Barbeque sauce
  • Corn tortillas, buns or fresh greens
  1. In a large skillet, sauté the jackfruit in olive oil.
  2. Add onion and garlic, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, then season with paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Add water and barbeque sauce; simmer, covered for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve your saucy jackfruit on corn tortillas, soft buns or a fresh bed of greens!