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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Our Yummy Kerala Jackfruit

Jackfruit is a huge fruit native to India. It can be found growing in trees around Kerala and can weigh up to 80lbs.



We were given a jackfruit when we visited the countryside and were very curious about. We researched various recipes and couldn't wait to experiment. This fruit is very versatile and can be used for both sweet and savory dishes. 

Our jackfruit was very soft and had to be used straight away. When it began to rain, Nick brought the spiky looking fruit inside and began to cut it open. (I think he was distracting me from a storm passing over. For all those who know me - I still hate storms). 

It was extremely ripe and the texture could be described as wet and sloppy. The top photo below shows how a 'normal' jackfruit pod looks like and the bottom is our bowl of slop! 




A young jackfruit looks like meat and a fully ripened one has the texture of a very ripe banana.

Nick cutting open the fruit
The inside of a jackfruit
 After checking out several recipes, we decided to invent our own curry dish. I didn't write anything down so can't share the recipe. Lots of hot stuff added! We served the curry with basmati rice and it was delicious. An explosion of sweet and savory in every mouthful.


For desert, we blended jackfruit with thick curd (yogurt) and added bits of fruit to the top. Again this was a yummy desert, very quick and simple.


Fresh jackfruit can be stored in the freezer for a month so there's no waste. Although, we will be having curry again tonight and jackfruit smoothie with our lunch.