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Stop! Are You Throwing Away the Best Part of Jackfruit?

Ah, yes, jackfruit: The vegetarian meat stand-in/spiky-looking brown orb the size of a child/behemoth of a thing to breakdown (see here). Of course, you can buy jackfruit canned or packaged with (almost) all the prep work done for you sans seasoning and sautéing, stir-frying, or simmering.

While these are surely easier options, wrestling with a 20- to 80-pound jackfruit does have its advantages—namely, the seeds.

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Charisse❤️Cooking
Charisse❤️Cooking
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DON'T THROW AWAY THOSE JACKFRUIT SEEDS!!!

Eat the meat, round up those seeds. Boil them in water for about 8-10 minutes til fork-tender when pierced through the thin shell-like covering. Cool. Peel. Dip in a bit of salt just enough to enhance its sweetish flavor. Enjoy! Great over nice concersation and ice-cold lemonade! 👍🏼

As Charisse❤️Cooking says above, take the seeds, boil them for about 10 minutes until they're fork tender, let cool, then dip in salt to enhance their "sweetish flavor."

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It’s kind of like roasted chickpeas—except less crunch, even more economical and waste-free, and just as addictive. We imagine adding them to salads, snack mix, and eating them by the handful, just as they are.

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“Jackfruit is extremely popular in the South-Western Coast of India particularly in Goa, Mangalore and Kerala..We first wash the seeds and once they're completely dry use them in many coconut-based curries (tastes great with black-eyed peas or prawns) as they have a great chestnutty flavour. But my all-time fave is simply roasting them over coal and seasoning with salt. ”
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Have you ever cooked with jackfruit seeds? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 Comments

HalfPint October 27, 2016
Haven't had Jackfruit seed in a while, but we also boiled them. Reminds of chestnuts (texture and a little bit of the flavor). We also boiled durian seeds for snacks.
 
Sj D. October 24, 2016
Jackfruit is extremely popular in the South-Western Coast of India particularly in Goa, Mangalore and Kerala..We first wash the seeds and once they're completely dry use them in many coconut-based curries (tastes great with black-eyed peas or prawns) as they have a great chestnutty flavour. But my all-time fave is simply roasting them over coal and seasoning with salt.
 
Nila October 24, 2016
Add them to lentils and rice - YUM!
 
Panfusine October 24, 2016
Always. Given its such a major project to prep the jackfruit arils, its downright criminal to let these go waste! you can either roast them like chestnuts, or boil them and make a stew.<br />http://www.panfusine.com/2016/06/jun-17-jackfruit-seed-stew.html<br />
 
Panfusine October 24, 2016
https://food52.com/not-recipes/55362<br />
 
Pizza Q. October 24, 2016
They are very starchy - so yes you can boil them. But like a chestnut, I prefer to roast them.