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Native to Malaysia and India, jackfruit is one of the world’s largest fruit, some weighing up to 40 kg. It’s covered with green, knobbly skin, which turns yellow or brown as it ripens, and has a juicy, sweet flesh. When unripe, both seeds and the flesh are eaten as a vegetable, usually cooked in curries or made into chutney. Ripe fruit may be eaten on its own or added to fruit salads. Its ripeness is easily detected by a strong and unpleasant odour (although the flesh inside smells sweet). Jackfruit is sold fresh and in tins.