Jackfruit- a fantastic meat replacement

The jackfruit story is uniquely powerful and so it’s music to my ears that we can get our hands on this delicious food which also packs a punch when it comes to health benefits!

With meat being the second largest contributor to global warming, second to the energy industry we can now help reconcile this with something that grows on trees. What’s more, it’s organic, and has an already established supply chain from some very prolific and sustainable trees.

 The delicious Jackfruit

The delicious Jackfruit

Jackfruit overview

A tropical fruit native to India, Jackfruit is part of the Moracaea family meaning it is related to figs, mulberry, and breadfruit. With an appearance of a durian, but substantially larger, Jackfruit is a fantastic meat replacement, whether you are a vegan or vegetarian. Of course, you might not be either but Jackfruit tastes delicious all the same, so why not give it a try? I don’t think you will be disappointed!

When ripe, Jackfruit has a sweet taste making it ideal for desserts, whereas when unripe, it takes on a delicious savoury taste, suitable for a wealth of dishes. What’s more, with a texture similar to pork and chicken, Jackfruit is commonly coined ‘vegetarian meat’.

Now it may just be that you’ve never heard of Jackfruit and panic not, you aren’t alone. That said, this Indian staple seems to be catching on with eco-minded individuals and families yearning for variety through nutritious, and delicious, sources.

Health Benefits

In addition to its delicious taste, Jackfruit is also extremely healthy. Low in calories, and high in fibre, minerals and vitamins makes for a fantastic go-to food, whatever your preference and requirements.

Jackfruit is a plant-based fibre from a whole food and not a fibre addictive and it’s also high in potassium, which helps muscle function, hydration, and to maintain healthy blood pressure. What’s particularly exciting about jackfruit is that it's an unprocessed whole food that, unlike some processed soy and tempeh products, has an ingredient list you can actually pronounce!

On the list of health benefits, Jackfruit also boasts cancer fighting properties as it is jam packed with antioxidants, isoflavones, and phytonutrients. Through research, Jackfruit is also known to improve eye and bone health and help with blood pressure, indigestion and ulcers. With this in mind, it seems that Jackfruit has oodles of health benefits which can only ever improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Uses of Jackfruit

Growing in popularity with both vegetarians and vegans, Jackfruit is commonly used in authentic curries, stir fries, bbq’s and fillings for jacket potatoes. The unripe fruit is also delicious in dishes such as enchiladas, tacos, and ‘pulled pork’ style meals.

As a personal chef and food consultant, I have many years of experience within the food and catering industry working across Leicester and the whole of the UK (and beyond!). One of my favourite uses for Jackfruit is in a delicious authentic curries such as ‘ghassi’ made with black chickpeas, ground coconut, and spice such as cumin, red chilli, and coriander. But don’t just take my word for it let me rustle up something delicious in your own home. I’d love nothing more!

If you are struggling to cook delicious, nutritious meals during the week, are hosting a celebration/ dinner party or just want to kick back, relax and unwind and not worry about creating dishes, day in, day out, I’m here to help. Get in touch today and see how I can help make your life that little bit easier!