What the heck is Jackfruit?

What the heck is Jackfruit?

Have you heard of jackfruit and wondered, what the heck is a jackfruit?
As a Whole Foods Market Ambassador I am sent a monthly email with different themes and specials going on in the store every month along with some great recipes to share with all of you.

I also get to create my own recipes using the information from the email. This months theme is what is tasting best right now in April.

Below is a list from Whole Foods Market about what is best right now in their stores, featuring what is local and seasonally available.

Local honey and meats

You will notice jackfruit on that list. I bought a fresh jackfruit a few years ago and really could not figure out how to eat it or if I even liked it. Jackfruit grows on trees and mostly in tropical regions. You can read more about the jackfruit here.

After this email, I checked out the link for the jackfruit recipes and noticed there is a canned version. Inspired that I could swap it out for canned chicken, I hot footed over to Whole Foods Market to get some canned jackfruit. I also found a refrigerated marinated kind from the Jackfruit Company and picked that up too.


Jackfruit shreds like canned chicken or pulled pork and can really take on any flavor you wish to incorporate with it. I use canned chicken all the time so I tried swapping it out in my favorite enchilada, white chili and chicken salad recipes and the results were delicious. Better yet I fooled my husband. After I had told him what it was he said he did not realize it wasn’t shredded chicken.


If you are looking to incorporate more vegetarian dishes in your diet or just want to have a meatless Monday check my recipe for Chipotle Jackfruit Lettuce Wraps.

I wish to thank Whole Foods for supplying me with a gift card to purchase the ingredients for the recipe.
Recipe Inspiration from Whole Foods Market


Seared Lamb Shoulder Chops with Warm Chimichurri (For markets with local lamb)

Homemade Honey Marshmallows (with local honey)

Arugula and Fennel Salad

Tilapia with Fennel and Tomato

Rhubarb Cream Pie

Pink Lady Apple, Fennel and Rhubarb Crumble with Buttermilk Sherbet

12 Jackfruit Recipes