yaca = jackfruit


Topping at about 100 lbs. jackfruit (yaca in Sp.) is the largest fruit in the world.

Since a few months, Peppers, our local grocery store here in Deming, NM sells this. At about $2/lbs., it is not cheap, considering that 3/4 of the weight is waste and the smallest of these fruits are easily 30 lbs. Luckily enough, they do cut them up in smaller pieces, which makes it more reasonable to try.

You can bake / cook the jackfruit whole after cutting the skin. The white tendrils are edible but pretty much flavorless. Usually, only the yellow pods and seeds inside them are eaten and the rest – about ¾ of the weight – is discarded, making this an expensive fruit here in the US of A.

I find the flavor very similar to mango with a mildly unpleasant aftertaste of latex. Other people mention banana and pineapple flavors.

Food allergy warning:

Do not eat this raw if you are sensitive to latex. Only very ripe jackfruit should be eaten raw. If the yellow pods are still firm, boil them for about 45 minutes, with some sugar if you like it sweet.


This is what you need for 2 servings:

  • 2-3 lbs. jackfruit ( = piece of)
  • sugar
  • S&P
Pic1: raw yaca pods — internet picture


Pic2: jackfruit - internet picture
Pic3: remove the seeds from the pods - internet picture
Pic4: boiled yaca pods, served with chicken and rice - 2019-08-14

growing jackfruit from seeds

It is easy enough to do. These are large seeds with lots of energy reserves. That means they can go for a long time before they need a good root system.


Pic3: yaca pods and seeds — internet picture
Pic4: 3 weeks after planting
Pic5: 2 months after planting — 2019-11-10