When Is Jackfruit Ripe: Tips & Pictures

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I was fortunate enough to be able to pick and eat fresh ripe Jackfruit from the tree. My wife having been bought up on a tropical fruit farm, which also grew many different varieties of Jackfruit knew exactly when they were ripe and when to pick them. It also came in handy when choosing a good Jackfruit from a store or supermarket. So, when is Jackfruit ripe?

Jackfruit is ripe when the skin colour changes from a green to a yellowish tone. It should be slightly soft to the touch, giving a little to some gentle pressure. The ripe fruit will also give off a strong but pleasent odour, indicating that it is ripe and ready to be picked.

Lets now discuss this more fully as we also consider how you can quickly ripen a Jackfruit that has been picked from the tree too early. This raises the first question that we will discuss next: Will Jackfruit Ripen After Picking?

Will Jackfruit Ripen After Picking

Jackfruit will ripen after picking if left out of the fridge and exposed to air. It will ripen more quickly if it is placed in a plastic bag with other ripe fruit such as bananas. Ripe fruit will give off ethylene gas which encourages other fruits to ripen more quickly.

It is always best to ensure that fruit is tree ripened as most of the nutrution will be at its peak. However, it is not always possible to have access to tree ripened fruit, especially if you are buying from a local store or supermarket. In this case, using the process above will ensure your Jackfruit will ripen quickly and still taste good.

If you place the Jackfruit in a fridge before it is ripened it will take a lot longer to become ripe for eating. It is best to place it on the counter or in a plastic bag with other ripe fruit as mentioned above.

Curious about what Jackfruit really tastes like? Then please take a look at this article: What Does Jackfruit Taste Like? with in depth flavors and tables to help you choose the variety thats right for you.

How Long Does it Take Jackfruit To Ripen?

This question depends on weather you are growing Jackfruit on a tree or have bought an unripe Jackfruit from the local store. We will answer both questions to this below.

Jackfruit will take 2 to 3 months to ripen on a tree, from flower to fully ripe fruit, ensuring its full nutrution, sweetness and size. If picked unripe then it will take between 3 to 4 days to ripen if left out in the sunshine and even quicker, 1 to 2 days, if placed in a plastic bag with other ripe fruit.

However, have you ever wondered: How Do You Ripen a Jackfruit? Please read on. Also please check out our article: How To Ripen Jackfruit for more valuable tips, tricks and information on ripening Jackfruit and picking Jackfruit.

How Do You Ripen a Jackfruit?

Jackfruit can be ripend by leaving it out in the sunlight and exposed to the warmth of the surrounding air. It can be ripened faster by placing it into a plastic bag with other ripe fruits, especially bananas. The ripening process can be slowed down by placing the fruit into the refrigerator and keeping it cool.

For the best Jackfruit varieties please take a look at our post: Best Jackfruit Varieties for taste, texture and production yields, along with the article: Which Jackfruit is Best which will cover flavors and easiest variety to grow.

If you are trying to grow Jackfruit in California then be sure to take a look at this helpful article: Can Jackfruit Grow in California, which will cover a lot of tips and growing times.

Can You Eat Jackfruit Raw

Jackfruit, like most fruits, can be eaten raw, and is best eaten this way when it is fully ripe, with its sweet taste and good nutritional profile. It can also be eaten raw if unripe, young and still green, however the taste is more nuetral and so is best used cooked in savory dishes, absorbing the savory flavours.

Many vegeterian and vegan use unripe Jackfruit as a meat alternative in dishes as it has the texture of pulled pork and due to its nuetral taste is good for flavouring with herbs and spices. I have personally used it in cooking and it makes for a very nice alternative to chicken. Its easy to buy in a can from the local store or supermarket.

Is Ripe jackfruit Good For Weightloss

Jackfruit is high in fibre, helping to improve your digestion, high in vitamins and low in calories, making it good for weightloss if eaten regularly and sparingly. [1]

However, at the end of the day you will lose weight if your total energy expenditure is geater than your total calorie input. So ensuring that you dont overeat, get enough exercise and eat foods that are nutrionally dense with lower calories, such as Jackfruit, should help to lose weight.

What Happens If You Eat Too Much Jackfruit

No known risks are associated with eating too much Jackfruit. It is safe to eat for most people unless you have an allergy to the fruit. If you are diabetic it will also lower your blood sugar levels when eaten regularly, so you might need to monitor and adjust your medication as needed. [2]

In fact it has such a lot of good benefits that it is wise to consume some of this fruit regularly. Some of the benefits include:

  • Benefiting Blood Sugar Control
  • Improves Immunity
  • Improves Digestion
  • Rich Source of Protein

Is a Brown Jackfruit Ripe

Jackfruit is ripe when the skin turns a yellowish tone. It can turn brown when it is fully ripe and burst open. However, the Jackfruit pulp inside is unaffected and still edible and sweet.

Does Jackfruit Ripen Off The Tree

Jackfruit will ripen off the tree but it is often best to pick it when thge skin has changed to a yellowish tone. If you pick it too late it will burst open, although the pulp is still good to eat.

If you pick Jackfruit when the skin is yellowish tone and it still needs a little more ripening, then leave it in a plastic bag with other ripe fruit for 24 hours.

Some interesting reading and tips can be found in the article: How To Grow Jackfruit in Florida. You will find valuable information on how to grow this tree in North, Central and South Florida.

Why We Should Not Drink Water After Eating Jackfruit

Drinking water after eating Jackfruit can cause stomach ache in some individuals and even diarrhoea, because water can smoothen the bowel movement causing loose stools.

So, it is best not to consume water when eating Jackfruit to prevent digestive problems. [3]

Disclaimer: Suggestions mentioned in this article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting making any changes to your diet.


Juan & Raquel

We are Juan & Raquel, the guys behind Fruit Information. We've been interested in fruit over the last few decades and have been busy with improving our knowledge of the different varieties. I, Juan, have been almost a fruitarian for over a decade and almost solely living on fruits as my main dietary intake. My wife Raquel has worked on a fruit farm and also worked in a nursery and seedlings shop. She is a very experienced and knowledgeable farmer. We have recently undertaken a new Dragon Fruit farm with friends.

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