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Jackfruit in a Roslindale supermarket

When we walked into the Stop & Shop on American Legion Highway in Roslindale this afternoon, one of the first things we saw was this giant fruit thing (how could we miss it?). Turned out it was a jackfruit, and at just $1.49 a pound seemed a bargain, but we resisted the temptation because, really, where do you put something like that?

By the time we were finished shopping, the store's sole jackfruit was gone.

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Jackfruit is a very popular topic in the food community recently. Here's a good background piece from NPR a couple of years ago.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/05/01/308708000/heres-the-scoop...

Now the business press is covering it too.

http://www.businessinsider.com/this-miracle-fruit-tastes-like-pulled-por...

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I know what you mean, it just sounds kind of funny. :-)

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It's similar to how all of the sudden it's 'cool' to drink Fernet. (Which it's not. At all.)

Odds are that a guy with a big beard and twirly moustache will buy this to muddle in his morning cereal.

And compain loudly to a manager that he couldnt find any durian.

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Not at that particular store. No hipsters know of its existence.

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And thats how we like it in the Mount hope neighborhood!!! Keep this quiet slice of city life to ourselves...

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"Keep this quiet slice of city life to ourselves..."

That's what we used to say in East Boston.

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I was going to reply that I'm typically the only hipstery-type ice ever seen in this particular S&S. And typically their produce selection isn't very great...

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but Jackfruit smells nice. But I love Durian, which you can usually find frozen (they don't really smell when frozen) in Asian markets. I think they taste delicious but it's an acquired taste. Durian candy is pretty easy to find in Asian markets, too. Even the candy has a pretty potent smell.

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I made the mistake of having a few beers not long after eating durian and the normally innocent little beer burps were like the gates of hell opened up.

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I read the article. This thing looks like far more trouble than it's worth.

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Wife and I buy lots of our fruit at Viet supermarkets in Savin Hill/Fields Corner. Walk into any one of the many and you'll see fruit types not usually sold in Stop and Shop, Shaw's, etc.

Jackfruit, durian, dragon fruit, star fruit, occasionally passion fruits, lychees, mangosteen, etc etc

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The Allston Stop & Shop has starfruit, a/k/a carambola on a pretty regular basis.

They've recently been stocking dragonfruit and lychees, and today I saw four jackfruit when I went in this morning.

Also, newly-seen in Allston Stop & Shop is breadfruit.

Haven't seen passionfruit or mangosteen yet, but with the number of international students in the area Sept - June, I wouldn't be surprised to see them eventually.

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They've had that stuff for years. So has Market Basket in Chelsea.

What I'm curious about is that there is a large tuber(?) that always has a trashcan fitted with a metal top with a protruding metal something used to break something off the tuber. I've seen this at Hong Kong Market (which has a huge amount of non-Asian tropical groceries, too) and at Chelsea Market Basket. I still haven't managed to figure out what the particular item is called, or what people do with the trashcan device.

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I think that thing is used for the Yuca, brown root like thing. The trash can contraption I thought was so you could skin some of it and see the inside before you bought it.

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Way less mess!

Also, if you haven't eaten pork in a zillion years, it does a super imitation of pulled pork. Mmmmmmmm.

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