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Jackfruit is Making a Scene

Posted by janethelm
September 29, 2015
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Jackfruit is Making a Scene

by Janet Helm, MS, RD

photo credit:  Blissful Basil

All of a sudden, jackfruit seems to be the "it" ingredient. This exotic fruit from Southeast Asia, the largest known treeborne fruit, is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation.  Researchers are excited about jackfruit because it's a large, hardy fruit -- resistant to pests and drought -- and has impressive nutrition credentials.

One of the most unique features, though, is the ability of jackfruit to take on the properties of pulled pork when cooked. Don't know of another kind of fruit that does that!

London has been enjoying jackfruit transformed into vegan street food for several years. Some U.K. experts believe it will be the next big food craze. Jackfruit has been hard to find here in the U.S., except fresh and canned products in Asian markets -- although expect to be hearing a lot more about  jackfruit in the months to come.

It was the big news coming out of the Natural Products Expo East.  Two companies showcased packaged, ready-to-eat formats of jackfruit as meat alternatives:  The Jackfruit Company and Upton's Naturals.

Healthy Aperture bloggers are way ahead of the curve. They're already creating many different dishes with this tropical fruit -- salads (like the Vegan Buffalo Chicken Salad above), pizza, enchiladas, nachos, tacos, carnitas, fajitas, curries, chili and stew.

Jackfruit is Making a Scene

Check out some of these creative recipes with jackfruit:

Crockpot Bulgogi Jackfruit Sandwich by Namely Marly

Vegan Bulgogi Jackfruit Street Tacos by Namely Marly

Grilled BBQ Jackfruit Pizza by Blissful Basil

BBQ Jackfruit Sweet Potatoes by Luminous Vegans

Jackfruit is Making a Scene

Jackfruit is not just being used as a meat substitute or center-of-the-plate ingredient.  It can be served as a fruit, like this salsa, or turn sweet, like these frozen kefir pops.

Jackfruit Salsa with Shrimp Tacos by estalystic

Jackfruit is Making a Scene

Jackfruit Coconut Frozen Kefir Bars by estalystic

Have you tried jackfruit yet?


Janet Helm is the author of the FOOD TRENDS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian who wears multiple hats – as a public relations executive, blogger and nutrition journalist. Currently, she is the Chief Food and Nutrition Strategist in North America for Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm. Janet is also the co-founder of Healthy Aperture, founder of Nutrition Blog Network and author of The Food Lover’s Healthy Habits Cookbook. She blogs at Nutrition Unplugged and for WedMD and is a former media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and nutrition, and a master’s degree in dietetics from Kansas State University. Janet lives in Chicago with her husband and 10-year-old twins.
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