Video #11- Fresh Jackfruit and Raffle for Briana

This is Briana Brownlow of the blog Figs with Bri. We’ve never met Bri, never visited her or even heard of her food blog. The blogosphere is so grand and monstrous, it’s just impossible to discover all the wonderful blogs out there. Luckily, last week, Manisha of Indian Food Rocks and Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi sent us an e-mail introducing us to lovely Briana and her fight against breast cancer. This time, it’s second time the cancer is attacking. Now, we really wanted to know who this individual is.

After visiting her site, viewing her beautiful dishes and reading her honest writing, she is someone we really want to know and to help. We felt immediately connected to Briana and felt compelled to help her fight against this deadly disease who, at the age of 15, lost her own mother to breast cancer. But her fight does not come easy, nor cheap. With continuing medical costs that insurance companies are unwilling to cover, her choice to live, to fight and to prove that human life is more valuable than monetary costs, is inspiring. Her kind, genuine spirit is admired and loved by many. The food blog community has come together graciously to help Briana raise the funds to pay for her medical costs. Bee and Jai, Manisha, Shankari, Garrett and many others have worked tirelessly to bring the community together as one to help Bri fight her second round of cancer.

Fundraisers are set up HERE at Jugalbandias well as raffles full of gifts donated from many members of this wonderful food blogging family. See all raffle prizes HERE.

We’re donating a gift to the raffle as well. This is something that is very special to us – a whole, fresh jackfruit! For those of those of you who love fresh jackfruit, hopefully this is exciting to you as it is to us. For those who have never had fresh jackfruit, it is a “watermelon” sized fruit with green, spiky skin that is both sweet and deeply aromatic and tasting with tropical fruit flavors such pineapple, banana, papaya and mango. Jackfruit is the world largest tree borne fruit in the world and normally grown in India, Thailand, Vietnam and other regions of Southeast Asia. We are lucky enough to have a local supplier that has whole, fresh jackfruit in stock.

Here is a our Jackfruit Video to show you what “Jack” is all about:

Video #11 – Watch Todd & Diane’s “Mission” for Jackfruit.

Fresh Jackfruit – White On Rice Couple from White On Rice Couple on Vimeo.


Yes, we are going to ship this monster of a fruit to the lucky winner of this raffle. But unfortunately “Jack” cannot travel past the United States, so all our international readers will not be included. But please, you can still donate to Bri if you can.

We are hoping to help raise $1,000 for Briana to fight against breast cancer. At $10 a raffle ticket for this wonderful Jackfruit, it means that we need 100 of you to help donate $10 to the raffle. But you will get one chance at winning this delicious and unique fruit.

Can you help Briana by donating $10 ? Yes, $10 is alot of money and buy many things: about 2.5 gallons of gasoline, 23.8 US postage stamps, 3 lattes, about 1 medium, one topping pizza, a super cheap haircut, or a quick manicure. But here, your $10 will help save a life of someone that already has something in common with everyone reading here- love of food, love of life and love of sharing. Your donation will also get into the raffle at winning this Jackfruit prize.

Your $10 donation will mean SO much to everyone involved in this continued commitment to fight cancer.

Many of you have already donated to Bri’s fundraiser and we thank you so much for your generosity. But is you have never seen, touched, tasted or Jackfruit before, hopefully you’ll be able to donate again at a chance to explore this wonderful fruit for your very own.


Here are the Jackfruit raffle guidelines:

1. Beginning Friday, June 6th, 2008, for every $10 you donate to Chip In for Bri, you will have one chance at the jackfruit.

Go Here to DONATE. Then fill out the form there and fill in the “Raffle Code Prize” as “JACKFRUIT”.

After donating your amount, please comment back here on our site and leave a comment or e-mail us about your donation amount. After verifying with the fundraiser organizers, we will send you a confirmation e-mail of your donation and the number of your raffle tickets.

2. The raffle will end on Friday, June 27, 2008 at 12:00 pm midnight, Western Standard Time

3. The drawing will be conducted by the “Bloggers for Bri” team and the winner will be announced on Monday, June 30th, 2008. Thank you Bee and Jai and Shankari for helping us with this raffle!

4. Unfortunately, International doners outside the United States cannot participate in the giveaway, but we still encourage you to donate.

Please Donate HERE to help Bri and get a chance to win this fresh Jackfruit.

Thank you!

View all our VIDEOS Here Cooking & Exploring !

Update on Bri- On October 26, 2008, Briana lost her fight with cancer.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. jonny

    i love this fruit! i wonder where i can find it here in US and when is the season so i can look for it @ the right time. Im from Boston if anybody could give me a clue i’d truly appreciate!

  2. Pepi Granat Cuadrado

    We grow jackfruit (at least, 2 trees of it). We have a grove in the Redland (not California, but South Florida — it’s near Homestead). We have avocados & lychees, but when a few lychees died we put in 2 lovely jackfruit, & boy do they fruit nicely.

    Well — we know how to cut & eat the ripe ones — (we loved your video). But I would like explicit instructions on what to do (recipe-wise & extraction-wise) w/ 3 large (more than 35 lbs one of them) UNRIPE jackfruit that were cut down by the people topping the lychees!!! Hey, that might make a cute video. You’re welcome to come here & film it.

  3. Phet

    Jackfruit is one of my fav fruits!! This episode reminds me of when my mom and sis trying to open up the fresh jack fruit last month. My sis and I was anxious to open it up, it’s been a long time since we had a fresh jackfruit, we went ahead to open it before my mom got out of the bathroom. Well…we should’ve waited bc we got the sticky glue all over ourselves. Everything we touched, we couldn’t let it go, it was still attached to our hands. We laughed at ourselves, and watched our mom taking over the process. We surely learned our lesson. Use oil!!

  4. shayne

    Donation complete! I have looked at Jackfruit several times at the market but even at $.39 a pound I was not going to just try it blind, what if it had to go to waste because I didn;t know what I was doing.

  5. Jen Yu

    Oh you two! That was the funniest video by far! I cannot believe how huge that Jack F is! Just promise me that you two will be extra careful riding around – I don’t trust drivers 🙁 Love the Jack Fruit surgery and dissection techniques! Kaweah got excited when she heard me laughing so hard watching the video! yum!!

  6. ovenhaven

    Ooooh, lovely looking jackfruit! I’m a HUGE fan of jackfruit, particularly the fried fritters. Nom nom nom! Good luck on the fundraising! Yall are such darlings for helping 🙂

  7. canarygirl

    Now that is one monstrous sized fruit! What a beautiful gesture for Bri. 🙂

  8. dhanggit

    you guys really rock!! what a sweet gest to help our follow blogger on her fight 🙂
    btw, i love that photo of jackfruit its sooo mouth watering!! i love this fruit, everytime im in philippines i see to it that i have some. I just normally eat them as it is..never tried making some dessert out of it ..

    have a great day guys!!

  9. Chuck

    Such a great cause! I loved the video, but I was afraid you were going to fall of the back of the motorcycle. I also love jack fruit, but always buy it already peeled. Thanks for the tip about oiling everything.

  10. Denise & Lenny

    GREAT video you two! Love the music sync with the photos. I have never had Jack F. but you made it look easy, aside from mounting that bike, and it sounds tasty (the Jack F), will have to look for it out here, I believe I have seen them in little China town.

    Did you use the mics? Let us know how they are working.

  11. Colleen

    Wow, what a great post and video! I’ll make my donation too, but wanted to also share thanks for more about Jack.
    It can’t be said, “You don’t know Jack!”

  12. Flanboyant Eats

    going to her site now, but ur piece was enough to want to help. so count me in. i’ll make my donation this week.

  13. Simply...Gluten-free

    You guys are the greates, warm hearted and cool to boot!

  14. Astrowar

    Coll video. We have a lot in Brazil, but is called “Jaca”! People have fear to stay below the tree in the epoch of Jackfruit. This fuit fall when is good.
    In some places of brazil exist an funny expression, “enfiar o pé na jaca”, (put a feet on jackfruit) mean make an estupid thing. Maybe because the latex, its hard to remove.

  15. Becky

    when i went to guangzhou, china for the first time to visit relatives, they brought in two giant jackfruit, laid out newspapers, and proceeded to cut them apart right on the floor. everyone just grabbed the individual pods until there was none left. loved this post, and it’s an admirably thing you’re doing for your friend.

  16. Psychgrad

    Very cool! Love the video. I had never heard of jackfruit. Unfortunately I’m not in the states to enter the raffle for this item. But I’ll definitely check out the rest of the raffle.

  17. Christine

    Really great video guys. It was so cool to see how exactly to cut this fruit. Pierre especially liked the music and how you synchronized it with the cutting of the jackfruit.
    p.s. when we were in VN, my aunts boiled the seeds for us to eat – it reminded me of potatoes, pretty yummy stuff. I had to stop eating too many because they told me it gives you *gas* ;0

  18. RecipeGirl

    I knew you guys were sweethearts! What a nice thing you’ve done to help out Bri.

    Love your videos. You’re too funny 🙂

    I’ve never heard of jackfruit. Best of luck on reaching your goal!

  19. TBC

    Loved the video and love what you guys are doing for Bri! 🙂
    I hope we reach the target soon.

  20. We Are Never Full

    i’ve been reading about bri all over the blog-o-sphere. her blog made me cry when i went to it only because she seems like such a wonderful person. This is a great cause – thanks for spreading the word.

  21. Wandering Chopsticks

    You guys are so great. Loved the video. And you’re so sweet. Jackfruit aren’t cheap. Shipping on that baby alone is crazy!

  22. Michelle

    I just stumbled on to your blog. It looks great =)
    What’s the meaning behind the name of your blog exactly? I still couldn’t figure it out =)

  23. Maryann

    You guys are so cute. You should win that blogger award.
    I had never seen a jackfruit cut open, so thanks for that. 🙂

  24. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Great video! And thanks for helping to promote this wonderful project for Bri. The blogosphere is a powerful place with compassion and good energy to spare.

  25. Bri

    Thanks so much Diane and Todd! I am truly touched by your generosity and kindness. You jackfruit video is great! What fun. I can’t believe it was 35 lbs. I’ve never had one, but have seen them on tv. Actually, I may have seen some in a roadside market in Mexico, but wasn’t able to get one at the time. Thank you for your enthusiasm and jumping right into this amazing grassroots effort.
    Hugs, Bri

  26. evil chef mom

    Would it be wrong to say we have the Lucille Ball of the food blogging world right here in our midst? Diane, you were hilarous! But isn’t there some sort of law in California about helmets? Doesn’t Jack need his own helmet or a car seat for that matter. The law is 6 or 60. 6 years old or 60 pounds. I doubt Jack is either of those two things.

  27. bee and jai

    great video!! thanks for your support and your generosity, dear todd and diane.

  28. Happy Cook

    I do hope the jugalbandi team meet the target.
    I am sure they would with all the bloggers around.
    I love jackfruit. In Kerala/India we have lots of them.
    Different varieties too.
    I love them .
    We also make dishes with raw jackfruit.

  29. grace

    good for ya’ll–this is a truly worthy cause!

    meanwhile, i’m completely oblivious to this jackfruit, but it sounds AWESOME. i’ll now be looking for it at every farmer’s market and grocery store in town.

  30. Manggy

    Aww, you guys are so sweet! We’ve already raised 56%, not bad!!
    Do you guys preserve/cook jackfruit? Aside from straight eating, how do you like it prepared? I think we even have jackfruit (locally known as langka) ice cream here 🙂
    Diane, you’re so funny boarding the motorcycle!! That couldn’t have been comfortable with those hard points against your face!!

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