Plant-based eating is on the rise across the world.
In fact, RecipeGuru reports that 53% of households now use plant-based meat alternatives regularly! With the shift towards plant-based lifestyles gaining popularity, there come creative new meat alternatives that are flavorful and healthy.
While tofu has been a vegetarian/vegan staple for many years, there is a new flagship ingredient in town when vegans are looking for a delicious meat-free BBQ. Enter, jackfruit. If you’ve been searching for the perfect barbacoa or pulled pork substitute, jackfruit is a dream come true. So, what is this mysterious fruit?
Jackfruit is hard to miss. Typically, green when young and yellow when mature, the fruit can weigh up to 110 pounds and grow up to 3ft long! With a spiky exterior texture (through not enough to cause injury), the Jackfruit is typically grown in Thailand, Australia, Africa, Brazil, and the Philippines.
Most people who see a Jackfruit in person are taken aback by the sheer size, though most grocery stores tend to shelve the smaller options. Jackfruit is full of antioxidants and higher in vitamins and minerals than most fruits. It’s packed with all the good stuff and may even prevent diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and stomach ulcers.
So, for all the benefits and flavor that you can expect from a jackfruit – there’s just one thing left to do:
Preparing a fresh jackfruit is a little daunting but with the proper preparation and a lot of coconut oil, it’s definitely doable. Jackfruit has extremely sticky sap, so you want to take that into account during this process and wear clothes you don’t care about.
If butchering a jackfruit is not your style, try checking your local Asian market for canned jackfruit as an alternative. It tastes just as good, and it’s much easier to manage. Once you have your Jackfruit ready, check out a few of our favorites:
Perfect for tacos, sandwiches, and flatbreads!
The best pulled pork alternative!
Try something new with this delicious BBQ pizza!
Nothing better than a full plate of expertly seasoned nachos!
Jackfruit is not only versatile but extremely healthy. It’s well worth experimenting with and will bring much joy to all who partake. Try pairing it with these exclusive Nikken ingredients:
Nikken Foods has a variety of plant-based ingredients and vegan solutions to help you create the perfect food products. If you would like to sample a product or ask any questions, please reach out to our team today!