How to Cut a Jackfruit

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Jackfruit is a fruit native to India. It is consumed fresh or added to some traditional Indian recipes. The world's largest tree-borne fruit, it has rough skin, yellow flesh, large seeds and a white core. Cutting jackfruit is often difficult because of its large size and thick skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Vegetable oil
  • Paper towels

Use a large, sharp knife. Jackfruits can be very big; the largest one in history weighed over 80 pounds.

Rub your hands and knife with vegetable oil so that the fruit will not stick to your hands. Jackfruit milk is very sticky.

Cut the jackfruit in half and pull the two sides apart. Since the core is tough, dividing jackfruit requires a lot of physical exertion.

Cut especially large or long jackfruits in quarters or even eighths.

Using your hands, pull out the little pieces of fruit. Discard the core and skin since they are inedible.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can cook jackfruit flesh and eat it; you may also cook the seeds and eat them like nuts.
  • Clean up afterward since jackfruits are messy.
  • Don't overeat them because they are mildly laxative.

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