This past week, Mom brought home a monster. It weighed 5 kilos - 11 pounds! She'd seen this fruit in the grocery store for a while and her curiosity finally got the best of her. She brought home this big guy having done plenty of research beforehand on how to deal with it.
It had a sort of gummy sap oozing out of it - we had to wear gloves in the beginning to protect our hands from this sticky mess. It smelled wonderful though!
Mom cut it all around then slowly pried it open.
This was a pretty formidable fruit! Prickly, sticky, and heavy.
There it is -
I googled it and this is also called a Jackfruit.
It tasted like a vanilla banana to me.
Others said it tasted like a cantaloupe, honey, apple, grapes...
It was bigger than my head - Ha!
The proper and easiest way to extract the meat was to cut out the middle and turn the whole thing inside out.
Turning it inside out makes the meat just pop out nicely to where you can grab at it.
The fruit is made up of all these sacks with seeds in them. You pinch it...
...and the seed pops right out.
Anyone ever tasted this fruit before? It is interesting. Who knows what my mom is going to do with 11 pounds of yuka though. Ha! We need to have a family reunion or church meeting, or incorporate in into a LOT of green smoothies.