The jackfruit is one of many delicious tropical fruits that you must taste. In Malaysia, the jackfruit is quite common among all races and most Malaysians like to eat it. In Malay term, the jackfruit is referred to as “Nanga”.
The jackfruit is said to be the largest fruit in the world, with the biggest specimens weighing up to 50kg (110 lbs). Native to south India, the jackfruit can be found all over Southeast Asia especially in Malaysia. The trees are relatively easy to grow and you might have seen it in some towns and villages in Malaysia.
Jackfruit trees are usually grown as shades for small houses as the leaves are big and they are very useful in blocking out the sunlight. Therefore, the jackfruit trees are not only helpful as covers but also as a source of food supply to the locals.
Moreover, there are multiples purposes to the flesh of the jackfruit. The young jackfruit can be cooked as a vegetable, often in coconut milk, while the ripe fruit provides flesh enough for an entire village. Mind you, the flesh is very filling as it contains a lot of fibers.
In addition, the jackfruit seeds make an excellent snack when boiled in salted water. Aside from boiling, the seeds can also be fried and it tastes superb just like the fried banana. Sometimes the stalls that sell fried jackfruit seeds can be spotted in towns and food courts. Various parts of the plant are believed to have medicinal properties and the lemon-colored wood is extensively used for wood carving, especially in Bali.
The jackfruit can be found all over Malaysia especially in stalls by the road sides. There is no season for the jackfruit. As a result, the jackfruit is available throughout the year. The cost of jackfruit is very cheap. For a few Malaysian ringgit, you can purchase a handful of delicious jackfruit flesh. Normally the jackfruit is cut into sections for sale in the market.
Ripe jackfruit has a rather strong odor. The interior white central core is surrounded by yellow egg-shaped pieces of pulp, each of which contains a light brown seed. Many fruit sellers separate the pieces of pulp and sell them individually or by the bag. The flesh has a slightly chewy but agreeable texture, and a flavor that resembles pineapple mixed with melon.
All in all, the jackfruit is a delicious fruit that makes excellent snack. It’s cheap and easily purchased throughout the country. If you are holidaying in Malaysia, the jackfruit is certainly one of the few fruits that you should try.
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