Nowadays, jackfruit is very common due to its plant-based diet. A plant-based diet is becoming more popular because many people prefer a healthy diet for a healthy lifestyle. People use it as an alternative to meat. But for those who have no idea what jackfruit is? Let me tell them that it is the world’s largest tree-born fruit. Jackfruit is a massive fruit with a lot of spikes all over the skin. Jackfruit comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. They range in size from 2-pound fruits to 40- to 80-pound. The body can differ slightly in color, ranging from yellow to deep orange, with varying degrees of sweetness. The majority have a firm consistency, though some are soft. It’s not easy to prepare a jackfruit; you must have proper guidelines. Today I will give you a complete guide on how to prepare jackfruit, its benefits, and many more.
How to Prepare Jackfruit
The method to prepare jackfruit depends upon the nature of the fruit, either young or old (Unripe or ripe), and how you will use it. Unripe jackfruit has a green surface that is cover in prickly and chunky bumps. The skin of the fruit turns yellow as it ripens, and the fruit becomes highly aromatic. The fruit is bright orangey-yellow on the inside, and it comes in portions called pods. A stringy white membrane binds pods together, and each pod includes an ample seed.
Method to Prepare Ripe Jackfruit
Ripe jackfruit has yellowish and prickly skin. You can eat jackfruit for breakfast or dessert-like any other fruit. The inside of the Jackfruit is extremely sticky; it’s best to oil a sharp chef’s knife to make the process go smoothly. People even suggest oiling the outside of the fruit.
Cut the fruit in half lengthwise, then quarter it with a sharp knife. After that, to make things easier, cut out the solid core of the jackfruit and start extracting the pockets of soft, orange fruit that are inside, which are what you will eat. Wash the pods under cold water after removing the thorny skin on the exterior and the seed inside the jackfruit.
Well, finally, you will have your fruit and seeds. There is a lot of stuff inside the jackfruit, and it seems like a combination of papaya, mango, and guava. The seeds are tasty, and many people boil and use these in curries or roast these. Few people can be allergic to latex, so wear gloves while doing the procedure because jackfruit contains natural latex.
Method to Prepare Young Ripe Jackfruit
Young jackfruit will be rougher, with pale flesh and a milder flavor. That’s why it’s primarily used in cooking, as it absorbs intense flavors effectively. If you have bought young jackfruit, they are just as easy to prepare as ripe ones. But they are much stickier and contain more resin.
Oil your knife, which should be a sharp serrated knife. One can also wear gloves that will be handling the fruit. Instead of splitting it in half, cut away the skin and treat it like a pineapple. Remove the woody core by cutting into smaller wedges lengthwise. Then wash the wedges and cut them into cubes.
How To Cook Jackfruit
Cooking Jackfruit is quite simple and adaptable. It cooks rapidly, making it ideal for a quick meal. You can also simmer it in a variety of other dishes.
Cooking Jackfruit in a Pan
Cooking jackfruit in a pan is a quick and efficient method. Put brown sliced onions in a bit of oil in a skillet, then add chopped garlic and one chopped red pepper and cook for 5-7 minutes. Now add one tin of drained jackfruit, a splash of water, and two tablespoons of barbecue sauce in it.
Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the jackfruit is soft, breaking up with a spoon over medium heat. Your delicious jackfruit is ready, and serve it with slices of avocado or anything you like to do.
Cooking Jackfruit in the Oven
This method consists of cooking jackfruit in the oven rather than pan. Firstly, preheat the oven to about 200 degrees Celsius or 393 F. Now place the jackfruit on a prepared baking pan and shred it with two forks. Pour oil, salt, pepper, and any other herbs and spices you want to add. You can also add other vegetables or legumes. Roast for 30-40 minutes in the oven. You can serve with pita bread, buns, and baked potatoes.
Cooking Jackfruit in a Pressure Cooker
Cooking jackfruit in a pressure cooker is a typical way of cooking jackfruit. It’s preferable to spread the newspaper across a large work area before slicing the jackfruit in half. Continue cutting until the fruit is in bits. Cook the jackfruit chunks for 40-45 minutes, or until the inside meat is tender and stringy, similar to chicken. When using a pressure cooker, 10 minutes is usually sufficient. Peel the skin off the jackfruit when cooking to reveal the seeds and pods surrounding them.
How to Store Jackfruit
Jackfruit will ripe quickly and turn brown. So, freeze it as soon as possible if you want to eat it while it’s still green. Ripe jackfruit can be stored in plastic for one week in the refrigerator or one month in the freezer.
Benefits of Jackfruit
- Jackfruit is very nutritious. The nutritional value of jackfruit is relatively high as 1 cup contains 155 calories, almost 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, a significant amount of vitamin C, and very little fat.
- Jackfruit is rich in Vitamin C and contains folate, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, and potassium. The yellowish color of jackfruit is due to carotenoid, which is a source of Vitamin A. Jackfruit works as an antioxidant and protects the body cell from damage. It can also prevent cancer, eye problems, and heart diseases.
- The nutrients in jackfruit may help reduce some health problems like ulcers, constipation, skin problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Jackfruit is becoming popular because vegans and vegetarians use it as a meat substitute. Also, when cooked, it seems like meat. It is more common in South Asian Countries as well as the National fruit of Bangladesh. You can easily buy it in Asian markets or stores. There are several recipes you can quickly cook from jackfruit. It’s pretty nutritious and healthy to eat.