Jaca, or Jackfruit, originally comes from India and Southeast Asia, where it was cultivated up to 6,000 years ago. Now it is commonly found in tropical climates throughout the world, including tropical regions of Brazil. This fruit grows on a jaqueira, a jackfruit tree, which can reach up to twenty meters in height. The interesting thing about jaca trees is that they produce both male and female flowers. The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the word. The fruits grow from the trunk and can weigh up to thirty-six kilograms. The inside of the jackfruit is edible, which has a sweet, slimy taste.
A traditional Brazilian snack called goiabada is like a sweet guava paste. It is typically eaten with Brazilian cheese, queijo de minas (from the state of Minas Gerais) and the two make a fantastic combination when eaten together. Goiabada is most commonly served on special occasions like holidays.