From this photo, one might presume we are looking at shredded beef or pork, right? Then you might be surprised to learn it’s actually a fruit – jackfruit, to be exact. But it’s not sweet. It’s a hearty source of savory fiber that is ‘meaty’ in texture only, making it ideal for vegans and vegetarians…
When I first saw jackfruit in my local Whole Foods Market, I was curious but skeptical. A fruit that tasted like meat? The picture on the box looked similar to the ones here so I took a closer look at the ingredients and liked what I found. Combined with several exotic spices, I had to try it.
Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world — one fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds and contain hundreds of seeds that are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron — all of which are important for bodily growth. It is native to South Asia and because of its massive size, according to the Business Insider, has been hailed as a means to help underfed populations in places like India and Bangladesh. The fruit itself is a good source of Vitamin C, while the seeds are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. A half cup yields approximately 95 calories and a whopping 9 grams of fiber.
The Jackfruit Company packages contain a 10 oz. pouch of the fruit in 5 different flavors. I’ve tried two so far: BBQ and Curry. They were exquisite in both taste and texture and wonderful with rice and veggies. It’s easy to use – simply warm up the contents and add to a stir fry or right onto a bun as shown above.
Please give it a try and leave a comment. I’ll be curious to know what you think!