Walking along night markets in Malaysia, many would chance upon the biggest tree-borne fruit in the world, the Jackfruit or Nangka in Malay. Native to Southeast Asia and India, the jackfruit can weigh up to a massive 36 kilograms and can grow up to 60 centimetres (24 inches) long. Not to be mistaken for its monstrous size and texture, the Jackfruit is very much the gentle giant when one has the chance to try its sweet and aromatic flesh when pried open.
The flesh of the jackfruit has a color contrast between orange and yellow and ranges from a firm to a soft bite to it depending on its ripeness. When ripe, the outer flesh is usually harder compared to the soft inner flesh. Defining the taste of the jackfruit would probably fit in between eating an apple and a banana due to its starchy texture and sweetness but would definitely come across as unique for first timers.
Jackfruits are used to make different kinds of products such as the famous freeze-dried jackfruit chips that can be found at most Asian supermarkets and snack shops around Malaysia. Just like chips, the jackfruit flesh is harder and a lot crunchier. Another favorite among Malaysians is the tantalizing fried jackfruit street snack. Jackfruits drenched with batter and then deep fried in oil makes this snack a must-try in Malaysia.
The nutritional benefits of the jackfruit are plenty, containing small amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and being one of the rare fruits that has considerable amounts of Vitamin B. The jackfruit is full of dietary fiber as well which makes it all rounded in nutrition.