We live in PA and just bought our first jackfruit several weeks ago. It was brown and overripe as far as I could tell. It was super soft to the touch and had a bubble gum smell that filled the house. Fast forward a few weeks, we bought some jackfruit from a wholesale supplier and they were green with brown tips and some brown areas. The jackfruit were very firm to the touch, a little sticky and no odor. It has been about 2 weeks and one jackfruit has changed color where the bright green is more brownish and it is soft to the touch but there is a slightly acidic smell
(very similar to passion fruit) if I whiff very close. Is it ready to cut? How to know? Thanks in advance!
ok, so I cut it. Sad to say it was WHITE inside and super soft like rotten. I trashed it. The other one was, I guess what they call a cooking jackfruit, white and inedible raw. Sad day indeed folks.
If you need a knife, it's not ready.
It should pull apart with your hands.
Likely hood is there will be mould on the outside of the fruit, too. :)