Introducing the meat substitute of the moment – jackfruit.

Looking and sounding like a Hogwarts special, it’s taken the vegan world by storm this year. So, we’re giving you the whats and wheres about the vegan meat substitute on everyone’s lips. Literally.

What is jackfruit?

It’s the funny looking sibling of the fig and mulberry. Originating from southwest India, and sometimes known as jack tree, the green, prickly fruit might not look like a trend you want to try. But we can vouch that it tastes way better than it looks.

Jackfruit recipes.

Savoury wise, you can get everything from jackfruit tacos and nachos to jackfruit burgers. Giving pulled pork a run for its money, it’s being labelled as ‘vegan pulled pork’, thanks to its stringy, meat-like texture that soaks up flavours. It’s also used in sweet dishes like jackfruit upside down cakes and jellies.

What’s so good about it?

Apart from tasting delicious (promise) and working as a meat substitute, jackfruit’s really good for the planet too. Jackfruit trees are built for climate change as they’re resistant to higher temperatures and drought. And they don’t need any artificial pesticides, herbicides or other “cides” because they’re naturally resistant to pests as well.

Is jackfruit healthy?

In short, yes. It’s packed with vitamin C, potassium and fiber, as well as plenty of essential vitamins and minerals. In specifics, there are around 2.84g of protein and 157 calories per 136g of jackfruit.

Where can I try jackfruit?

Chiquito have a delicious veggie Pulled Pilbil Jackfruit Burrito with Benefits featuring a beetroot & chia seed tortilla filled with grains, kale, beans, sour cream and Pico de Gallo salsa. And Pizza Hut’s Jack ‘N’ Roll starter is filled with sweet chilli, BBQ jackfruit and their speciality Vegan Ch**se.

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