How to preserve Jack fruit Seed:

Yes!! You heard it right. I am using jackfruit seeds in my cooking all year round by preserving it in frozen form. It is rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, calcium, potassium, carbohydrate and starch. So, when we eat the fruit and then throw away the seeds, you are discarding this power house of goodness.

In our region, people have been using jackfruit seeds in their traditional cooking for ages. After consuming the fruit, our elders used to apply some mud paste and used to pile it up in one corner of the veranda. In rainy season, they used to use these seeds as needed for cooking, by making Rasam, palya, sambar by mixing with some other vegetables or greens. They used to prepare some desserts as well.

I never used to like this when I was young, and never realised the importance of it’s goodness. After marriage, I started using these seeds in my cooking, because of my husband, who likes jack seed in some of our traditional recipes. I will post our favourite recipes in the coming days one by one.


-After consuming or using the fruit bulbs, Collect all the seeds.

-Remove outer slimy cover and discard.

-Wash the seeds and keep aside (to air dry) for 3 to 4 days.

-After 3 to 4 days, seed jacket will become brittle and it will be easier to peel now.

-Take one rough kitchen cloth and one stone pastel or pressing stone.

-Keep individual seed and hit hard. Outer jacket will break, and inner seed will crush.

-Collect all the crushed seeds and throw away all the outer jacket.

-Store the seeds in zip lock for future use and freeze it in a freezer compartment.

-This way, frozen seed will be ready and available to cook throughout the year, until next season.

17 thoughts on “How to preserve Jack fruit Seed:

  1. Zach Reply

    Why crush? Would they keep better if kept whole?

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      Hello Zach. If it is frozen, it is very difficult to chop or crush just before cooking. Hence, i do it by crushing. It stays good in either way.

  2. Nasya Reply

    Hi there and thank you for your article.. I was wondering if you canfreeze them after cooking them. As i bought alit of Jack fruit to freeze and have already cooked a few pounds of it. Thank you!

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      Hi Nasya, thank you for raising that question. Yes, you can do that as well.

      1. Kelli Pike Reply

        Ok so I cooked mine already i peeled the shell off i can freeze them now in a zio loc bag??

        1. Shrikripa U Reply

          Sure! You can do that Kelli.

  3. Sayuri Sinam Reply

    Can I store the sundried seeds in an airtight container without freezing?

  4. Harmeet Singh Reply

    Hlo mam. I just bought the 1 kg of jackfruit seeds from Amazon website. I am from punjab. I dont know how can i store it and how much time can it store and how ? Can u please tell me because u have to use these seeds for my research.

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      Hello Harmeet ji, you can follow the same method, keep it in a zip lock and store it in a freezer.
      Nothing happens, you can preserve as many months you want, until next season

  5. Trupti A Reply

    Hi, I left steamed seeds in refrigerator for 4 weeks now, since I didn’t have room in the freezer! Do you think they are Still ok to consume ? Or should I throw them out?

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      Hi Trupti..If it is not slimy/ smells bad – you can try to store it in a freezer or finish off by using ASAP. Sorry for the late reply.

  6. Hanim Reply

    I had just kept the seeds as it is without doing anything – the skin is there, everything just like that without the yellow fruit flesh….it has been almost two months in fridge . Is it ok to consume after boiling?

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      Hi Hanim. Yes, you can do that.

  7. Doreen Fernandes Reply

    Can we freeze the Jack seeds with its outer skin/shell intact?

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      Hi Doreen. Yes, you can. But, before using it, you need to pressure cook the frozen seeds and remove the skin.

  8. Hemachandra Manamperi Reply

    Just for your information. A Chinese study has found Resistant Starch (RS) content in jak seed flour is the highest compared to maize and manioc (cassava) flour. Medics say that RS is suitable for people with diabetes.

    1. Shrikripa U Reply

      We already have many studies regarding jackseed and its low GI value sir. It is our traditional stuff and we don’t waste the natural, plant-based nutrients. Thanks for the info.

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