Jackfruit is an exotic fruit grown in tropical regions of the world. It is native to South India.
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. 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.
Vegans and vegetarians often use this fruit as a meat substitute due to its texture, which is comparable to shredded meat. Since jackfruit is able to withstand tropical climates, it can be a major source of calories and carbs for people in developing countries who are at risk of starvation.