Jackfruit And Parmesan Cheese

2017-08-04 Meijer jackfruit

I have been seeing this unusual fruit in the produce section of the grocery-store lately. But for the first time, I noticed directions attached to it. They say: “Wear latex gloves, cover the cutting board with plastic wrap.” I wondered if something that you had to protect your skin and your cutting board from was something you should be eating. After watching a you-tube video online, I found out that 1) it’s very sticky and hard to remove from surfaces, even from the knife you use (the chef recommended coating the knife with oil), and 2) it takes about 20 minutes of careful work to get this monstrous fruit cut up. Hmm, don’t think I’ll be using this in my fruit salad anytime soon.


2017-08-04 Meijer parmesan cheese unrefrigerated

The other thing I noticed while shopping was that the grocery-store has moved all of their Parmesan cheese from the refrigerated area to the regular shelves. Curiously, the Kraft brand containers were still in a box that said in large red lettering: keep refrigerated. So I checked Kraft’s website, and they said it was safe to store unopened grated Parmesan cheese in the cupboard, although temperature variations might affect the quality. In fact, it’s even okay to leave it at room temperature after it’s opened. And all these years I’ve been storing mine in the fridge. Ha, you learn something new every day.


What IS That Fruit?


I came upon a strange sight while doing the grocery-shopping today. From a distance, there appeared to be several prickly objects keeping company with the pineapples. Porcupine was the word that came to mind, although I knew that wasn’t right. When I got closer, I could see that it was called “Jack Fruit”.


When I got home, I went online to read a bit about it. Jackfruit is the largest tree-grown fruit, with each piece weighing between ten and eighty pounds, although they can reach one hundred pounds! It originated in India thousands of years ago, but is now mostly grown in places like Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, the Caribbean, Vietnam, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Ironically, it seems to be looked down on in India as a poor-man’s food, despite it starting there.

Jackfruit has a pungent odor that some people say smells like a mix of over-ripe banana and pineapple, and others say smells like Juicy Fruit Gum. It is very sweet when ripe (skin will be yellow). If you harvest it before it is ripe, however, it is not sweet, and has the texture of meat. Some vegetarians use it as a meat substitute in dishes. Until recently, it was a food found mostly in Asian grocery markets, but now the strange-looking fruit is popping up in places like Whole Foods and mainstream grocery-stores.