How to Cut the Jackfruit | Easiest Way To Cut The Jackfruit at Home

 How to Cut a Jackfruit | Easiest Way To Cut The Jackfruit at Home

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          Jackfruit is a superfruit and vegetarian meat! Jackfruit is very versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked. It is part of the Moraceae plant family, which also includes fig, mulberry, and breadfruit. Jackfruit has a spiky outer skin and is green or yellow in color. Jackfruit is also known as ‘Kathal’ in Hindi and ‘Fanas’ in Marathi. 

Ripe Jackfruit tastes like other sweet, fibrous fruits like pineapple or mango. When eaten unripe, green jackfruit has more of a bland taste. It is slightly chewy, filling, and absolutely delicious fruit. Jackfruit has a low glycemic index and provides some fiber, protein, and antioxidants, all of which may promote better blood sugar control. 

Video Tutorial To Cut The Jackfruit:

The Jackfruit is ready to be cut when the color of the fruit started to turn yellowish from the green and emits a pleasant smell. The fruit is not ready to cut immediately after harvesting. you may have to allow a few more days for the fruit to fully ripen. Keep the fruit on an old newspaper or a sack to prevent the floor from getting messy with the sap. The fruit also becomes soft to touch. It is time to cut the fruit and extract the bulbs. Do not allow it to over-ripen.

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Here is what I used:

  • A Jackfruit
  • Parchment paper, to cover the countertop and to allow for an easy cleanup
  • Large sharp knife
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Cooking Oil/Coconut Oil
  • 2 Bowls - 1 for the fruit, 1 for the seeds

Instructions to Cut the Jackfruit:

  • Prepare a clean surface. Jackfruit has a sticky, white latex sap, so you’ll want to handle it on a surface that is easy to clean.
  • Spread some papers on the table, so the sticky sap is not messing your kitchen slab or table.
  • Apply the cooking oil on Hands and Knife to prevent sap from sticking to hands and on the knife.
  • Do apply oil to the hands and knife frequently.
  • Cut the jackfruit horizontally and the Jackfruit will split open into two halves(If there's excess gum oozing out of the fruit, clean it using a paper towel).
  • Remove few bulbs exposed during cutting the fruit into half.
  • Now, split the jackfruit into quarters.
  • Cut and remove the middle white core, the core of the jackfruit is inedible; therefore, cut it out. This will loosen up the edible portions.
  • Loosen the bulbs from the fibrous layers covering each bulb.
  • Using an oiled knife and hands separate each bulb and remove from the fruit
  • Make a light cut along the bulbs. this will expose the seeds.
  • Remove the seeds and store the bulbs separately.
  • The seeds can be used to make many dishes at home.

How to use jackfruit Seeds:

  • Boil the seeds, peel, and fried with red chili pepper/ground black pepper and salt.
  • They can be boiled, roasted, and enjoyed like chestnuts.

How to store the jackfruit bulbs?

  • It’s tastiest if you don’t wash the individual bulbs, or if you really want to wash them, do so just before eating, otherwise, they go soft and mushy.
  • Store the cut bulbs in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Pro Tips:

  • The sap is a real problem if you aren't careful. 
  • The Viets scrub their hands with rice to remove the sap.
  • You can use disposable gloves rather than oiling your hands.
  • To easier cleanup, you may have to change gloves a couple of times throughout the process.
  • You can use coconut oil or grapeseed oil, or cedar oil, but I have used veg. Oil.
  • To clean your knife, first, wipe it down with a towel. Then, coat it with some more oil and wipe it again. This will help remove any sap that may have gotten on it. Once you’ve done this, wash it with soap and water as you normally would.
  • If jackfruit sap gets on hands or any other surface, rub oil onto the affected area and then wipe it with a towel before washing it with soap and water.

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