A member of the figtree, mulberry tree and breadfruit family, jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and has been around for thousands of years. Archaeologists estimate that jackfruit has been growing in India for 3,000 to 6,000 years. It’s thought that jackfruit trees were planted in Hawaii before 1888. The jackfruit is one of the largest fruits to grow on trees.
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.
One unique aspect of jackfruit is its unusually large size. It is the largest tree fruit in the world and can reach up to 80 pounds (35 kg) in weight.
Jackfruit has a subtle sweet and fruity flavor. It has been said to taste similar to a combination of fruits, including apples, pineapples, mangoes and bananas.