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01 August 2005 @ 10:36 pm
My adventures with jackfruit...  
Has anyone ever tasted, seen, or even heard of Jackfruit? Neither had any of us at my workplace! We received a call from one of our reps today who asked us if we wanted to try it. Since no one knew what the heck it was, we said we'd be interested. When he brought it over, we were shocked to find that it looked like a huge green porcupine!

The rep told us to cut it open and peel off and eat the bulbs inside. My co-worker and I took the massive thing (it weighed about 7 pounds, at least!) upstairs and cut it open with a huge knife. Inside were rind-like things that covered yellow bulbs and inside the yellow bulbs were HUGE gray seeds. Luckily while we were upstairs one of the tellers was familiar with the fruit and told us that people actually roast the seeds in butter and eat them like chestnuts. That was a little too advanced for us! We just wanted to taste the fruit...



After about a half an hour (yes, all the while the folks downstairs were wondering why the trades weren't being approved... Sheri was concerned with more important things than mutual fund trades this morning ;)) of emersing our hands in the sticky fruit (yes, yuck!!) we were able to get a decent amount out to take downstairs so people could sample.



The fruit tasted like Passion fruit and had a strong, almost pungent odor. Unfortunately the fruit didn't go over too well with our co-workers and though everyone admitted that it wasn't bad tasting they all said that it wasn't something they'd probably ever want to eat again. I had to agree. It tasted just like passion fruit to me, but not as juicy or as inviting to the palate. The thing that got me was how messy it was to cut! My co-worker and I must've washed our hands at least a dozen times after cutting the fruit, but the stickiness of the sap never really came off. :( We ended up giving the left overs to the teller who we'd spoken with who could appreciate it so much more than we ever could.

I do have to say that it was an interesting addition to our workday, though and it did break up the day to day monotony of preparing for conversion and helped to keep us sane. Anything that does that is okay in my book. :)
 
 
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The Parsian Princequeengodzilla on August 2nd, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
I have never ever even HEARD of whatever that is. o_o

So I had to come by after seeing the picture and look.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
We'd never seen anything like it either and we were pretty scared when we finally did see it. ;) It wasn't horrible (though it wasn't the greatest) and it ended up being a pretty good distraction at work. :)
Tony: triquetradudepower1982 on August 2nd, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
No, but I have had starfruit, and it's delicious.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Starfruit is delicious! I haven't had it in a long time!

And I haven't forgotten about you, Tony - I was emailing you as I spoke! :)
ex_angeldove677 on August 2nd, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love Jackfruit!!! It is one of my favorite fruit when I used to live in the Philippines. Yeah, they are right. You can eat the seeds too like nuts. Some of 'em boiled them till they're soft to eat. I just wish they have Jackfruit here in the valley. They are very expensive in the Philippines.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think that it would have been more enjoyable if we'd known how to prepare it - we had no clue! :) I really liked the taste - it reminded me of a passion fruit and maybe partially a pineapple. :) The texture was what I think I wasn't too used to...

I also hear that you can boil the flesh of the fruit and use them in recipes... now that I'd like to try! :)
ex_angeldove677 on August 2nd, 2005 07:41 am (UTC)
Re: YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some people makes dessert out of it like boiling it in brown sugar or white sugar then add some vanilla on it. It's really good. On another hand, some people use Jackfruit (the green one that's not ripe) as vegetables mixed w/ sauteed meat (ie. beef)...
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
Re: YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some people makes dessert out of it like boiling it in brown sugar or white sugar then add some vanilla on it.

Now that sounds delicious!! :D
karmastyx: Hyacinth&Richard-KUA by mekarmastyx on August 2nd, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
That is some freaky looking fruit. LOL. I read the link, and it seems as if it would be devine to try. Kinda makes me wonder now. LOL. Although if he texture is like a raw oyster no thank you. Blech. :|
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
Haha! It looked kinda scary before we cut in to it! And a raw oyster (I hadn't read through the entire link as you can see...) is exactly the texture it had! I have to admit the taste was great, but the texture takes some getting used to for me. Neat experience, though - I have to say. :)
Kananigirl: ipod pinkkananigirl on August 2nd, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
Wow! That is interesting. *L* I didn't think we had that here. I had a friend ask me if I've tried it. I said, "Nope." I have eaten soursap though. *L*
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
I think the rep got it from one of his clients out in Waianae. He gives us a bunch of interesting things, but this was the most interesting! ;)

What is soursap like? Mark says it kind of looks like the jackfruit. Now I'm curious! :)
Kananigirlkananigirl on August 2nd, 2005 09:03 am (UTC)
My relatives have a tree I think. I'm not too sure, but yeah to me it kinda looks like a jackfruit, except it has dark pink flesh, if I remember it correctly. *L* It tastes like, raspberry sherbert or something. My Dad told me you can make sherbert into it too?
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh if it tastes like raspberry sherbert, I'd like to try it! :) Mark says he's tasted soursap before, but he couldn't remember anything about it. Thanks for filling me in! :)
Care: angelcare by karmastyxcareleswhisper on August 2nd, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
Looks interesting. I would try it, if the texture wasn't so nasty. I'm very sensitive about textures.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
It was really interesting (and actually for the taste, was pretty good) but that texture... yikes! :P
Smithasmittenbyu on August 2nd, 2005 11:22 am (UTC)
yum...jackfruit..my first taste of it was when I was 8!! It is an aquired taste. Now what I can't fathom is the Durian fruit. Thinks it's in the same family of fruits, however it is EXTREMELY pungent. And it's Malaysia's & Singapore's national fruit!! If anyone brings durian to our building the whole place reeks... of course for many they find it a sweet smell!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, now I have to read up on the durian fruit! :) All these exotic fruits that I've been tasting recently have just been fascinating! :) They may not all be my first choice for fruits, but they sure are interesting! :)
Was I in it?alligatorandme on August 2nd, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
When I first saw the photo, I thought it WAS durian fruit, just with a different name! Must be related.

They sell durians in the Asian markets here, in a mesh bag, because they're so prickly. I'd never heard of jackfruit until I saw your entry.

Thanks for the photos, at any rate. ;-)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 4th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
I might have to see if I can find a durian here in Hawaii now with all the talk about it. ;) I'm sure they must sell it somewhere on the island. :)
msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on August 2nd, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of any of these fruits, except starfruit and passion fruit which I've never had. I guess that means I'm a little sheltered. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
I don't think it means you're sheltered at all, Laura. Considering the way some of these fruits taste, I'd say you were smart. :)
I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: jack and jillaudienceawaits on August 2nd, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
It's really scary looking. You're brave, I probably wouldn't have even tried it!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
I was afraid to try it! :) If it hadn't been such a chore getting the fruit out (or so messy), I might not have felt the need to have to try it. ;) I do admit that I was surprised that everyone in my office was pretty good about it and actually tried it. :)
irisheyes77 on August 2nd, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
It doesn't look that appetizing! At least now you have something cool to say that you've eaten for quizzes, ha ha.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 2nd, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)
It doesn't look that appetizing!

Haha! That's exactly what I thought! Surprisingly it wasn't too bad though (but I'll probably not choose to cut it open to eat again - though if someone were to cut it for me...) ;) Now all I have to try is the soursap and the durian and then I'll be happy. :)
kathyselden on August 2nd, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Jackfruit... this is INTERESTING. I have definitely never seen it before!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 4th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
We were SO intrigued by it, until we had to cut it open! ;) It was the messiest thing in the world. :P I've noticed that exotic fruits really make you work to get to their edible parts! :P
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on August 2nd, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
I never heard about Jackfruits and, looking at it, I'm not sure if I would try it. But then, I can be curious ... ;)

Glad to hear that it help to keep you sane. :) And yes, I understand that all sounds like a nice break. :)

Big *hugs* to you, Sheri.
Sheri: Sydney - happyshutterbug93 on August 4th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
We were really curious to see what it would taste like - considering it looked so scary when we first saw it! :O And it definitely helped to keep us sane in the office and was a VERY nice distraction to the work day! :)

Hope your week is going well, Sabine! *HUGS* to you and please give one to Micki and one to Garry too! :D
Mrs Beans: Me--OMG (Ani)human_beans on August 3rd, 2005 01:41 am (UTC)
Omg....but that thing is frightening looking!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 4th, 2005 07:51 am (UTC)
It was scary enough looking from the outside, but when we cut into it.... :0 Ahhh! We didn't know how to get to the fruit and everything was SO sticky we almost gave up several times. :P

Thankfully we tried it, though because it wasn't too bad - it actually tasted pretty good. :)