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Trend Watch: Jackfruit Is The Vegan Meat Alternative You Need to Know About

March 22, 2017

Meatless meat products are on the rise, and we're not just talking about tofu and seitan. Companies like Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger are making a huge splash right, but there's another meat-alternative you need to know about: Jackfruit. This unusual fruit is getting  a ton of attention right now, and everyone from Trader Joe's to Pizza Hut is following the trend. Here's what you need to know about jackfruit and a 5 recipes to get you started for using it at home.

What Is Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is a tropical fruit native to southeast Asia. It's a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and vitamin C, and has a higher protein content when compared to other fruits. When consumed raw and ripe, jackfruit tastes sweet and has a similar texture to mango and pineapple.

Why Do People Love Jackfruit?

Jackfruits appeal over other meat alternatives is that it looks just like pulled pork or chicken when it's shredded. Like tofu, jackfruit acts like a sponge for other flavors, so it's best when doused in barbecue sauce, hot sauce, or some other kind of dressing. It does have a noticeable, but pleasant sweetness even when cooked.

5 Recipes That Use Jackfruit

Vegan Nachos with Barbecue Jackfruit from Dora's Daily Dish

It's a fact: literally everyone likes nachos. This vegan version uses jackfruit as one of the main toppings. To prepare, you simply add the jackfruit and some barbecue sauce and water to a small pot and let simmer for about 20 minutes. That's it!

Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches from Vegan Richa

Jackfruit is used as a substitute for pulled pork in this a summer classic. To make, you add the jackfruit to a bowl along with some seasoning and barbecue sauce and mix. Then, you spread the jackfruit out onto a baking sheet and cook in the oven. Scoop the jackfruit into a bun with some slaw and chow down. You won't even miss the meat.

Smoky Jackfruit Chicken Salad from Oh She Glows

Here's an awesome vegan lunch idea: Jackfruit chicken salad! Combine the chopped jackfruit with celery, mayo, green onion, bell pepper, lemon juice, and seasoning, You can eat this as a sandwich, or as a dip with some crackers. Yum.

Spicy Jackfruit Tacos from Minimalist Baker (featured image above)

For your next Taco Tuesday, consider this vegan twist. These spicy jackfruit tacos are a one-pot meal that comes together in less than an hour. The jackfruit here gets its heat from some spices (chili powder, smoked paprika); and a couple chopped chipotles in adobo sauce.

Pulled Jackfruit Bowls from Lazy Cat  Kitchen

This easy weeknight recipe uses jackfruit as its main component. The Asian-inspired marinade consists of tamari, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, toasted sesame oil, and maple syrup. It's even better the next day after its sat in the fridge for a bit. Serve with homemade slaw and cooked rice.