This is a small story from Mahabharata. An interesting story on how jackfruits came to own spikes is seen within the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic where the most story revolves around two branches of a family – the Pandavas and Kauravas. As the name suggests, Pandavas includes Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva. They have a wife whose name is Draupadi also known as Panchali.
The folktale begins with Bhima, who is that the 2nd born of the Pandavas; pretending to possess fever. He requested Draupadi to massage his legs.
Bhima playfully took big jackfruits and put on his legs. He then covered it with clothes.
Thinking it to be the firm limbs of Bhima, Draupadi massaged the jackfruits.
When the other Pandavas started laughing, Draupadi sensed a foul play. she removed the garments and discovered the jackfruits.
An embarrassed Draupadi in anger cursed the jackfruits to possess spikes. Thus, jackfruits are not smooth anymore