Tropical Fruit Recipe Suggestions

For the past two weeks, Richard Lyons’ Nursery has been describing several of the most interesting tropical fruits being grown around southern Florida. Now it’s time to take a look at tasty recipes – gleaned from the Internet – using some of those fruits. You can find out the details of preparation by clicking on the link for each recipe’s source.


Classic Barbecue Jackfruit Sandwiches
3 20-ounces cans jackfruit (in water)
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup onion (diced)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika and chili powder (each)
½ teaspoon cumin (black pepper, oregano, and thyme, each)
1 ½ cups low sodium vegetable broth
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce (divided, plus extra for serving)
8 whole wheat sandwich buns


Vegan Jackfruit Tacos
1 cup dairy-free pepperjack cheese (preferably daiya pepperjack shreds)
2 20-ounces cans green jackfruit (in brine)
1 onion (chopped)
½ cup lettuce
2 chipotle peppers (in adobo sauce)
2 tablespoons adobo sauce
10 cloves garlic
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 ¼ cups water
to taste salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon oregano
8 soft corn tortillas

Jackfruit/kathal Biryani
2 cups basmati rice (biryani/soaked for 30 minutes)
1 tablespoon oil (cooking)
4 green cardamoms (elaichi)
2 black cardamoms (badi elaichi)
5 cloves (laung)
1 stick cinnamon (dalchini)
2 bay leaves (tej patta)
2 mace (javitri)
500 grams triangles (or jackfruit– peeled and cut into cubes)
2 cups yogurt
2 cups yogurt
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
1 tablespoon green chili paste
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ghee
2 teaspoons biryani masala (garam masala)
1 ½ teaspoons cardamom powder (elaichi)
1 teaspoon black cumin seeds (shahi jeera)
2 cups crisp fried onions


Lemon Pepper Jackfruit
1 20-ounce can young green jackfruit (in brine or water)
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
¼ teaspoon basil
1 ¼ teaspoons Italian seasoning (or 1/4 tsp each: basil, marjoram, oregano,
rosemary, thyme)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup vegetable broth


Jackfruit Muffins
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup jackfruit pulp
1 large egg
½ cup oil
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
¼ cup cocoa powder



Star Fruit Cocktail
9 star fruit
125 milliliters vodka
2 tablespoons cointreau
2 limes (juiced)
750 milliliters sparkling wine (chilled)
add handful fresh mint leaves


Star Fruit & Mango Smoothie
4 ounces vanilla yogurt (or plain, I prefer vanilla)
½ cup orange juice
2 star fruit
1 mangoes


Gingered Grouper with Star Fruit
2 ripe star fruit
½ cup mango (diced)
¼ cup green onion (sliced)
¼ cup red bell pepper (diced)
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and diced)
1 tablespoon lime juice
¼ cup fresh breadcrumbs
¼ cup pecans (finely chopped)
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon seasoned salt
¼ teaspoon lemon pepper
¼ cup milk
4 (6 oz.) skinless grouper fillets


Cheesecake Tart with Star Fruit
100 grams butter (cut into pieces)
200 grams flour
50 grams icing sugar
25 grams cocoa powder
4 medium eggs
400 grams full fat cream cheese
200 grams soured cream
1 tablespoon custard powder
100 grams caster sugar
2 star fruit (cut into slices and cored)
3 tablespoons apricot jam


Star Fruit Chutney
2 cups star fruit (diced)
¼ cup sugar
½ cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


Star Fruit Upside-Down Cake
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus more for greasing the pan)
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ lemon (juice of)
4 small starfruit (cut into 1/4-inch-thick stars and seeds removed)
½ cup pecans
1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2/3 cup light brown sugar (packed)
2 large eggs
½ cup low-fat yogurt


You may have noticed that several of the jackfruit recipes call for canned fruit. That’s where we in southern Florida have a decided advantage over the rest of the country. Since jackfruit is grown here, we can obtain fresh fruit locally to prepare these recipes and improve over what comes out of a can. In fact, Richard Lyons’ Nursery sells fresh jackfruit and star fruit seasonally. Right now green jackfruit is ready to be picked for use in preparing Vegan Jackfruit Tacos and Lemon Pepper Jackfruit. Ripe jackfruit may be available at the farm as early as May, and the season will continue into the September/October range.

Star fruit in our region can bloom any time of the year, but typically has two major flowering periods:  April-May and September-October.  Ripe fruit can be harvested from June through February, with dual peaks in August-September and December-February.

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