More Than An Easy Meal What We Love About Jackfruit
Jackfruit is a versatile and fun food to bring variety to meal time.
Whether you're working on a plant based diet or cutting back on meat, jackfruit is a really fun food to incorporate into your meals.
Jackfruit is a large green/brown fruit native to SE Asia. It's a hearty fruit when cooked and quite filling. In American cuisine it's often used as a meat replacement as it has a fairly neutral flavor and breaks apart a lot like pulled pork. When ripe it is compared to pineapple in flavor. But it is the young fruit that is used primarily for cooking.
In September 2015, an article in Business Insider explored the use and nutrition of jackfruit describing it as "still widely unknown in the U.S." It's only continued to grow in popularity.
Jackfruit is a food on the rise. There's even a jackfruit cafe in Los Angeles. Rich in protein and minerals, the seeds of the fruit are exceptionally healthy. The fleshy meat, which is used most often for cooking, is high in vitamin C, iron, fiber and calcium. There is less than 3 grams of protein per cup, which doesn't make it as ideal as a protein replacement if that's what you're seeking.
But with a little spice grilled, baked or sautéed, jackfruit is quite fun to incorporate into meals. It takes on flavor really well and is filling too because of the fiber. One cup is only 157 calories.
For this dish, we spiced jackfruit with Tastic Original which is a great blend of parsley, paprika, salt, pepper and a few other spices. We used a package of a mildly spiced brand of jackfruit, and it was outstanding. Pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 400˚F and pair with a few of your favorite foods for dinner.
For a break from meat or a nice change in the meal routine, jackfruit makes a lot of sense. Add a side of quinoa or black beans for extra protein.