Jackfruit is a versatile fruit with a mildly sweet flavor when it is ripe. It has grown in popularity in Westernized recipes over the last decade because the texture of jackfruit is similar to meat-based proteins, and it can be easily substituted in recipes. Keep reading to learn more ways to incorporate jackfruit into your menu!
What is jackfruit?
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit grown in warmer climates around the world. It is from the same fruit family as figs or mulberries, although the jackfruit is significantly larger. To put it in perspective: the jackfruit can weigh anywhere from 10-15lbs, versus a large fig which is only 0.8lbs.
What can I do with jackfruit?
A unique feature of jackfruit is its texture, which is very similar to meat proteins, such as chicken or pulled pork. If you’re trying to eat less animal protein, you can add jackfruit into your slow cooker instead of meat, and it will shred easily with a fork. Here are some other ways you can eat jackfruit.
- Potato Jackfruit Stew.
Cut and peel your jackfruit and cut it into cubes. Peel and cut your potato into a similar size. Cook in a large pot with onion, carrots, garlic, celery, and your favorite spices until the potatoes are tender (approximately 20-30 minutes). Serve with fresh cilantro and a fresh bun to soak up the stew.
- Jackfruit Smoothies.
You can eat jackfruit raw, just like most other fruits! The peel is tough and inedible, but the soft pulp can be sliced and added to the smoothies. Add plain Greek yogurt and spinach leaves for an extra boost of protein and vitamins.
- Jackfruit Tacos
You can grill jackfruit or braise them slowly in the oven to make it easier to pull apart with a fork. Add your favorite taco seasonings, and garnish with sliced avocado, a citrusy salsa, and shredded cheese if you like.
- BBQ Jackfruit skewer
Make a skewer with your favorite grilling vegetables and cubed jackfruit. Popular vegetables include mushrooms, zucchini, and red pepper. Serve your skewer with a side of chickpea salad and a dollop of tzatziki for dipping.
- Teriyaki Jackfruit
Warm a wok and sauté your favorite stir fry vegetables, including garlic, onion, and bell peppers. Add the jackfruit last and pour teriyaki sauce over your mixture. Serve your dish over brown rice for an extra boost of fiber.
- Coconut Curry With Jackfruit
In a large pot, sauté onion, garlic, jackfruit, green beans, broccoli, and peeled eggplant. Add edamame beans for protein and stir in your favorite golden curry paste. Pour in coconut milk last and let your dish simmer for at least 15 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa.
- Jackfruit With Honey
Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best – pair fresh jackfruit with a drizzle of your favorite honey for dessert.
- Stuffed Peppers
Create your stiffing by mixing cooked wild rice, canned jackfruit, peas, corn, garlic, and onion. Add your favorite seasonings and stir until fully incorporated. Spoon your stuffing into emptied bell peppers and bake for 45 minutes. You may want to dress your cooked peppers with warm tomato sauce before serving.
Where can I find jackfruit?
Fresh jackfruit is available at most grocery stores. If you can’t find it, you may want to browse the canned fruit section because jackfruit can be packaged and sold in cans. Like any canned product, you should drain and rinse the contents of the can under running water before cooking.
What is the best way to cook jackfruit?
Stewing or braising jackfruit is one of the best ways to cook the fruit. It soaks up the liquids and remains moist and delicious when served.
Does jackfruit taste like meat?
Jackfruit has a mild flavor that does not taste like meat. However, the texture is very similar to cooked chicken. The fruit will take on the flavor of whatever sauces or spices you use to prepare the dish.
Are jackfruits healthy?
Yes, jackfruits are considered a healthy option because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.