Had to make a trip into Charlotte today and on the way back home I stopped at the Super G Mart, which is a large international grocery store. They always have interesting fruits and vegetables in the produce section. Today it was the ripe Jackfruit that caught my eye and olfactories. When I was growing up I loved it when we cut into one and the strong but lovely smell filled the house. I bought a quarter of a Jackfruit even though I still have some left in the freezer from the last time.
I usually freeze Jackfruit and eat it frozen like a popsicle. I haven’t decided yet how I will use the one I bought today.
The membranes inside the fruit have a latex-like substance that can make a sticky mess, so before I even removed the cellophane wrap I oiled up my knife and hands with coconut oil. I didn’t use the knife much since the Jackfruit was already cut open. It was mostly a matter of pulling the fruit apart with my hands. Each sweet fleshy aril (the edible part) surrounds a large seed, which is also edible if properly prepared by boiling, roasting or frying.
The parts relegated to the compost bin almost equal the edible portions of the fruit which are safely in the refrigerator until I make up my mind how to use them.