This huge relative of the breadfruit and fig can weigh up to 100 pounds. Spiny and oval or oblong-shaped, the tropical jackfruit grows in parts of Africa, Brazil and Southeast Asia. When green, both its flesh and edible seeds are included in curried dishes. Ripe jackfruit has a bland, sweet flavor and is generally used for desserts. In the United States, jackfruit is only available canned.
Artocarpus heterophylla Called Ketewel in Balinese and Nangka in Indonesian, jackfruit is a hard, strong, durable wood used for carving, musical instruments (drums, and metallophone stands) and carpentry. It's grain is deeply interlocked and resists cracking. Lemon yellow in color, it darkens to a light brown with age. It is grown as a shade tree and for its fruit, which is served both sweet and spicy.