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Awhile back, Anjali and I were at the Asian store here in Olathe and I spied a jackfruit! Manoj has always spoken of these as being his very favorite fruit in the whole wide world and how his grandma had a jackfruit tree and wow, it is the best fruit ever, OH.MY.GOD. I have always wondered about this mysterious fruit that somehow trumped the mango (because in MY book, a fresh ASIAN mango is hard to beat. And hard to find in America. Grrr....)
Anyway! I lugged the thing home and Manoj immediately pronounced him vastly under-ripe. It was going to be awhile. I spent the next two weeks carefully rotating him. And stubbing my toe on him so often that I dubbed him "Jack the Tripper". And explaining to anyone who visited that no, it was not a durian, the famous stinky fruit (And also listed in the post I once wrote about Freaky Foods)
I also began to harbor an imagined kinship with Daenerys Targaryen as I pondered what in the FUCK was inside that thing.
We named him Jack.
And then we put him to work. He was going to be staying awhile and rent don't come cheap, y'all.
Ah, so sweet -- Arun is bonding with Jack. This reminds me of my pet pigs, Mickey and Judy. I wonder whatever happened to them?
Go the f*ck to sleep, Jack
Miss H says, "I'm gonna love him and pet him and squeeze him and call him Jack George"
The anticipation! Arya and Scout sniff suspiciously at what appears to be an egg. An egg that could very well contain another Chihuahua.
Manoj slathered his hands and forearms with coconut oil -- Jack was a sappy, sticky mess. Think banana sap on steroids!
Hey there, good lookin'!
A single "pod" which had a hunka-chunka seed in the middle the size of a walnut.
Would I buy one again? Yes. For one, I was recovering from a cold so my sense of smell was completely off, so I would like to try this again. Also, this is Manoj's favorite fruit and one of the few things he talks about wistfully from India. I would gladly spend a few weeks stubbing my toe on a daily basis just to see him happy like that.
And now, I do know Jack.