Fun fruit fact time! Did you know that jackfruit tastes pretty similar to “Juicy Fruit” gum? You may have wondered about its mysterious flavor over the years. Is it mangoes? Or perhaps bananas? Not quite. After all, no other fruits can replicate jackfruit’s distinct taste. If you’ve never tried this exotic fruit before, give yourself a taste with this Strawberry Jackfruit Smoothie. With its unique flavor and texture, this libation is sure to bring you to a tropical place unlike any other.
Nothing beats the pleasure of sipping on a smoothie in the summer. Creamy, juicy and refreshing, what’s not to love about this fruity frozen drink? Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to make the Strawberry Jackfruit Smoothie. Jackfruit pods, strawberries and orange juice make for a divine combination. However, add one of our strawberry papayas to the mix and now we’re talking! Fruit lovers consider this papaya variety to be the sweetest and most flavorful of all papayas. It’s not only fragrant and juicy but also boast a hint of fresh peaches and berries. In addition, there’s no need for additional sugar in this smoothie as the natural sugars of the fruits provide plenty of sweetness.
As the world’s largest tree fruit, jackfruit is hard to miss. It averages at around a hefty 15 to 33 pounds per fruit. Some confuse it with durian, which may look similar but has a strong, distinct odor. In contrast, Jackfruit is pleasantly fragrant as and its bumpy, knobby skin gradually changes from green to yellow as it ripens. Its flesh comes in dense, fibrous pods and taste like a special mix of banana, mango, melon and apple flavors. Besides smoothies, you can use ripe jackfruit in other drinks and desserts. And don’t forget about the seeds! After you’re finished extracting the flesh from the jackfruit pods, save the seeds and roast them. They taste pretty close to real roasted chestnuts!
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Strawberry Jackfruit Smoothie
- 1 cup Ice
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup Melissa’s Jackfruit Pods
- 3/4 cup quartered strawberries
- 1 Melissa’s Strawberry Papaya (peeled; seeded; chopped)
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.