I Ate This Thing to Ring in the New Year!
The crazy tradition of eating weird foods at midnight continued at my house, to bring in 2018. This year it included this beast of a food!
That is a jackfruit. According to Wikipedia:
The jackfruit tree is well suited to tropical lowlands, and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, reaching as much as 35 kg (80 lb) in weight, 90 cm (35 in) in length, and 50 cm (20 in) in diameter. A mature jackfruit tree can produce about 100 to 200 fruits in a year. The jackfruit is a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and it is the fleshy petals that are eaten.
The jackfruit tree is a widely cultivated and popular food item throughout the tropical regions of the world. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh.
I also got a lesson from the guy at Whole Foods, who couldn't have been nicer. He sold me a couple of slices and we tried it right in the middle of the store!
The orange looking part is what you eat. It has seeds in the middle and you avoid that...
It is VERY sweet, pretty slimy and well...not my favorite thing.
Ya see, we have this odd tradition of making the kids eat weird stuff at the stroke of midnight. When they had jackfruit, all of them almost puked and only one swallowed it. Jen actually said it wasn't bad and had a second piece.
It was the craziest thing we tried this year. We also had:
- coconut shrimp
- olive loaf
- goat cheese
- vegetarian bacon
- matzo ball soup
- passion fruit
- Euro Cakes (it's from Thailand)
- black eyed peas (they are for luck)
But that jackfruit was the craziest...it was really neat, and I'll never eat it again.