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How to Dissect a Jackfruit

How to Dissect a Jackfruit

Credit: Lee Holmes

I learnt this traditional way of dissecting a jackfruit when I was in Kerala in India, studying Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking. I was staying at my friend Erica’s house and her grandmother-in-law showed me how to get the best out of a jackfruit. Here’s what you do.

Serves: 4



  • 1. Lay down a newspaper before you begin to prevent the counter and floor getting messy with the sap.
  • 2. Cut the jackfruit in half, making a wedge of about 2cm thick and 30cm long.
  • 3. Make a thin cut along the fruit from the cracked point on both sides of the wedge.
  • 4. Open the wedge and pull the fruit apart. If you find it difficult to pull, you may want to make more cuts along the crack.
  • 5. You then need to further split it into quarters by cutting one half along the central axis and pulling both ends with the hands. Do this on the other side, too.
  • 6. Cut and remove the top inedible part that’s covering the bulbs.
  • 7. Loosen the bulbs from the fibrous layers and separate each bulb, removing them from the fruit.
  • 8. Make a light cut along the bulbs and remove the seeds.
  • 9. Store the bulbs separately.
  1. Enjoy the jackfruit in many of our delicious recipes.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.