How about a tropical juice to start the day with some sunshine? This jackfruit smoothie combines three delicious exotic fruits. You can be whizzing by in minutes, ready for an amazing breakfast or an energizing drink!
If you’ve ever eaten ripe jackfruit, we bet you’ve loved it instantly, and you’ll be delighted when you try it for the first time.
Different from the young green fruit, the mature jackfruit has bright yellow pods, juicy and sweet. Its flavor is a wonderful cross between four delicious tropical fruits: mangoes, bananas, melon and pineapple. Unbelievable good!
Ripe jackfruit can be used to make exotic desserts and homemade jams like this sugar-free jackfruit jam. And of course, it’s great mixed into smoothies.
If you have a local grocery store that sells ripe jackfruit, you can buy a large chunk there. If the chunk has skin, seeds, and fibrous strands in it, don’t worry: we’ll show you how to clean and prep it so it’s ready to twirl!
Can’t find fresh jackfruit? No problem! You can get ripe jackfruit canned in syrup in well-stocked supermarkets or online. Just don’t confuse it with canned young jackfruit: it’s the unripe (firm and flavorless) version of jackfruit that’s often used for shams in vegan recipes.
Jackfruit is so flavorful that you basically wouldn’t need to add anything else to the smoothie. But since the fruit is quite “meaty,” it doesn’t blend very smoothly, especially if it’s not superripe.
So we dumped in some coconut water to dilute it. Coconut water is tasty, refreshing and high in electrolytes – the perfect complement to this uplifting jackfruit juice.
We’ve also added the pulp of fresh passion fruit for an exotic burst. They go really well with Jackfruit, so we recommend using them if you can find them. But otherwise you can omit them and just use jackfruit – the smoothie will be just as delicious!
Ok, time to get your trusty blender out of the closet and whip up this tropical smoothie together!
What is the Difference Between Green Jackfruit and Ripe Jackfruit?
You must use ripe jackfruit to make smoothies: the riper it is, the sweeter and tastier the smoothie will be.
Jackfruit is called green or young jackfruit when it is immature. It has light green, firm flesh and a very fine taste.
Ripe jackfruit, on the other hand, has bright yellow, juicy, and sweet-smelling fruit pods. Its taste is a cross between banana, pineapple, melon and mango.
How to prepare ripe jackfruit for smoothies?
If you bought ripe jackfruit from the local market, you need to pull out the yellow fruit pods and core them before using them.
To do this, cut off the white and narrow fiber strands that hold the pods together, and then separate the pods (also called seeds) from the hard shell.
Very important: Before you start, you must Oil your hands and knife as these strands give off a super sticky milky liquid that is difficult to remove even with soap.
When you’ve loosened all the pods, open them and remove the hard seed and the brownish membrane holding it.
Finally, finely chop the ripe jackfruit pulp and add to the blender with the other ingredients.
How does this jackfruit smoothie taste?
This jackfruit smoothie has a wonderfully tropical flavor as it’s made with sweet jackfruit, refreshing coconut water and tangy passion fruit.
Ripe jackfruit tastes like a delicious blend of mangoes, melon, ripe bananas and pineapple.
What goes well with ripe jackfruit in smoothies?
Jackfruit pairs well with other exotic fruits like mangoes, bananas, guavas, and coconuts.
It also pairs well with slightly tangy fruits like passion fruit, papaya, and pineapple as they balance the sweetness of the jackfruit.
You can also add some nut butters to the smoothie, like peanut or cashew butter, for a creamier finish and nutty flavor.