Inquiring Minds: What is a jackfruit?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

Q. Last summer I saw an extremely unusual vegetable at the grocery store. It was brown, lumpy and huge. It must have weighed 40 pounds. I think the name started with “jack.” What was that plant?

A.  You may have encountered a jackfruit. According to Donny who works in produce at Cub Foods, the jackfruit you saw was a relatively puny specimen. “Jackfruit can grow up to 150 pounds,” he says, “and they are the most nutritious fruit on the planet.”

According to food experts, there is some work involved to remove the inedible woody core, fibrous connective tissue and the rind of the fruit, but the remaining fruit pods have the color and texture of mango. The flavor, according to one fan, is “very sweet…somewhere between pineapple and ripe banana.” Jackfruit is high in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Dig in! 

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Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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