Yesterday I was at the Asian Market in Chinatown during my lunch break and noticed that there were fresh jackfruit in the produce isle. I'd never seen fresh jackfruit for sale on the East Coast before. It was an exciting find to say the least. The last time I came across this fruit was a few years ago, when visiting my sister in Orange County, California. We went to an Vietnamese produce market that sold jackfruit almost exclusively. The store was stocked from floor to ceiling with this enormous fruit and offered several varieties, the flesh of which ranged from pale yellow to deep orange. When I returned from my trip, I planted a couple of seeds for fun and both grew into 2 feet tall trees before succumbing to the outdoor elements. (There are times I wish we lived about 5000 miles closer to the equator.)
The ones I saw yesterday were pretty impressive, the largest weighing at least 40 pounds. Jackfruit can be as big as 3 feet long and weigh up to 80 pounds and is considered the largest tree fruit in the world. It's hard to describe the taste of a jackfruit. It's one of those natural foods that you just have to experience in order to fully comprehend. I was tempted to buy one of these monsters. Unfortunately, I couldn't imagine returning to work with a 40 pound tropical tree fruit strapped to my back.