Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Diary of a Bridesmaid's Diet - Fresh Jackfruit

Middle aged Vietnamese ladies selling fresh jackfruit from the back of a truck is prevalent around Orange County. If you can speak Vietnamese, bargaining comes in handy as I was able to buy them at $1/pound. When I visit OC, the largest Vietnamese population in America, I eat fresh Jackfruit everyday. Jackfruit is sold at Asian Supermarkets in San Francisco but for some reason the sweetness and freshness never compares to OC.

The fresh jackfruit is no doubt, superior to the canned variety, often drenched in heavy syrup which devoid the flavor. I like to describe Jackfruit as a cross between a pear and lychee.

Fresh Jackfruit

Harvesting the bulbs of jackfruit is part of the fun. However, I wear gloves because the gumminess of the sap will stick to the fingers in an unpleasant way. The seeds of the jackfruit is edible, usually baked before consumption.

I often snack on apples, oranges, bananas, or grapes but it is an exciting treat to mix it up with fresh jackfruit.

Jackfruit, fresh, sliced - 155 Calories/Cup
Calories via LoseIt App

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Erika said...

You are COMPLETELY opening my eyes to so many different foods - I had never even heard of jackfruit before reading this!! :)

Iva said...

OMG OMG OMG!!!! ahhh I LOVE LOVE LOVE JACKFRUIT. no. seriously. you have no idea!!! I love them dried as well!! ok. now I have to go get some!! DELICIOUS!!

bananas. said...

WTHeezzzzz is jackfruit?! i must try it ASAP!!!

Lolia S said...

I've seen jackfruit at a couple of fro-yo places.

Ravenous Couple said...

that's some good looking jackfruit there..yum!

Elie's Papel said...

Always wanted to try it but you cannot find it anywhere in Florida... will keep my eyes open next time I go to California...

foodhoe said...

hmmm, for some reason I don't see any jackfruit, doesn't it resemble durian? Sounds delicious

Kung Food Panda said...

I've had my first jackfruit recently, though in a savory dish form. I need to try a fresh version too!!

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