Jackfruit is gaining popularity for a variety of reasons. Aside from being delicious, it is a highly nutritious vegan alternative to meat.
A close look on jackfruit
Jackfruit (Artocarpus Heterophyllus) is a large, rounded fruit in yellowish-green color with miniature spikes on its external surface. As the largest fruit in the world, a single fruit can weigh up to 40 kgs. The fruit is prevalent in subtropical and tropical climates, especially in Southeast Asian countries. In these areas, it is a common fruit in various meals ranging from curries to desserts.
What are the benefits of jackfruit?
Jackfruit is highly beneficial for various reasons.
Best meat replacement
At present, jackfruit pulled pork is the most popular vegan trend. Although it might sound strange, it serves as a replacement to pulled pork if barbeque sauce is part of the preparatory mix.
Simply slice up the fruit and boil it for up to 45 minutes until it becomes stringy and mix with your favorite sauce. In addition, you can add it to tacos or sandwiches.
The fruit contains large amounts of nutrients. Even half a cup of young jackfruit has zero fat and sugar and rich in potassium, fiber, vitamins A and C, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Although it is a suitable replacement for meat, it is low in protein. Due to this, you should also consider other protein sources to achieve the necessary daily intake.
The fruit might help us become more environmentally friendly. The jackfruit tree is highly efficient in producing fruit in warm climates. Remember that a single tree can produce up to 200 fruits in a year.
The rate of production requires less requirement for land which has less impact on the environment, especially in comparison to meat production.
As a jackfruit initially grows, it starts with a greenish color. While young, it has a neutral flavor like artichokes with a stringy consistency. At this young, unripe stage, it is an ideal a meat alternative such as jackfruit pulled pork. Since the flavor is subtle at this phase, it is a good addition to various meals.
As the fruit matures, it becomes softer and sweeter. Some compare its taste to a combination of fruits such as mango, pineapple, and banana. Although it is sweet, the taste is highly versatile to be an addition to any meal.
Once the fruit reaches the final ripening phase, it becomes sweeter which makes it a popular dessert or additional treat to other desserts or healthy smoothies.