October 13, 2012
Jackfruits–or breadfruits–are one of the largest fruits in the world–and the largest tree-borne fruit. Fruit production begins on trees as young as two years old.
A jackfruit is actually a multiple fruit surrounded by a continuous bumpy exocarp. Inside, individual arils line the inedible fibrous fruit center. They are removed individually before eating.
Ripe jackfruit arils may be eaten raw, but unripe arils are considered inedible until cooked.
Jackfruit is part of the mulberry family. Relatives include a bunch of latex-producing plants, mulberries and their many permutations, figs, and some tropical nuts with the closest relative being the African breadfruit (Treculia africana).
Durian is an unrelated fruit that is similar in appearance.
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