Try some tasty Jackfruit in Uganda

Posted by on December 19, 2015

Jackfruit grows on Trees in Uganda – weighs up to 100 pounds

Try some tasty Jackfruit in Uganda – you will be pleasantly surprised


Try some tasty Jackfruit in Uganda – Jackfruit is found all over Uganda, you can spot a jackfruit tree near many homes here and to most Westerners nd Indonesia – in Uganda it may not be the National Fruit but is certainly much-liked by many Ugandans.

Jackfruit is found in parts of Asia, South America and in Africa – Uganda included. In Uganda it is a treat – sliced  and sold raw in most of the country, if you are visiting Uganda you will see a jackfruit tree along your journey and most likely have a taste of this most unusual fruit.

Not only is the fruit eaten but the seeds can be boiled and then roasted – one thing about the Jackfruit – there is nothing that compares to its taste, and you either love it or hate it and eating it becomes an art in itself – it somewhat sticky in nature, a bit musky in taste – some vegetarians in parts of Asia will use jackfruit as a meat substitute and in Uganda they make a jackfruit jam and I am sure that in this country someone is making a jackfruit beer or wine – it certainly would not surprise me.

Not all are fans of Jackfruit – the Mughal Emperor Barbar is recorded as saying “The jackfruit is unbelievably ugly and bad tasting. It looks exactly like sheep intestines turned inside out like stuffed tripe. It has a cloyingly sweet taste. Inside it has seeds like hazelnuts that mostly resemble dates, but these seeds are round, not long. The flesh of these seeds, which is what is eaten, is softer than dates. It is sticky, and for that reason some people grease their hands and mouths before eating it. The fruit is said to grow on the branches, the trunk, and the roots of the tree and looks like stuffed tripe hung all over the tree.”

In Uganda there would be many who would disagree with the former Emperor while they happily consume another portion of their beloved Jackfruit which is readily available in the Pearl of Africa, low in price and provides a healthy treat for Ugandans, especially Children.

Most restaurants will not have it on their menu, however you can also purchase some and ask a Ugandan to slice it for you and teach you as to how to eat it…Try some tasty Jackfruit in Uganda– you will be glad that you did and concur with most Ugandan children who delight in it.  Look for Jackfruit trees on your travels through Uganda and the size the fruit alone is amazing, to see fruit as large as Jackfruit on a tree will be a surprise to many.


Try some tasty Jackfruit in Uganda – we love to help you getting a taste of Jackfruit while on Safari with us.