The jackfruit may surprise you. Not only is it one of the trendiest health foods around, but it can also be used to replace meat in your next stir fry. If you have ever been curious about jackfruit, but still a little hesitant to try it, join us as we learn more about it. Then, you might be willing to incorporate it into your weekly meal planning.
What Is It?
Although jackfruit came from India, it’s now all over the world. It just needs a tropical climate similar to the one found in its homeland. Beyond Southeast Asia, it has found a new home in Australia, South America, and even the Caribbean. Each crop of this amazing fruit is huge, and it is hardy enough to resist the effects of drought conditions that would ordinarily ruin other fruits. Now that you know more about it let’s get to the fun part – eating it!
How Do You Eat It?
A single jackfruit is enormous, and the outer shell is spiny, much like a pineapple. But luckily, you don’t always have to carve it open yourself. Ask for help at your local Asian grocery store when you find it. Sometimes, you can even get jackfruit that has already been prepared for you. All you need to do is take it and go, without worrying about how to reach the delicious meat inside.
Speaking of the meat, you don’t only have to put it in stir fry or noodles dishes to replace such staples as pork, chicken, or beef. Jackfruit lends itself well to Asian fusion versions of quesadillas, tacos, pizza, and salads, too.
Why Is It Popular?
For one thing, jackfruit is so popular because you can eat it at virtually any time of day. It doesn’t matter if you’d like to have some for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a late night snack. If you are stepping away from eating meat and going vegetarian or vegan (perhaps to ward off the effects of being lactose intolerant) then jackfruit can still give you the feeling of fullness from meat without actually eating any. It’s loaded with fiber, so it should keep you satisfied for longer, especially when you don’t want to overeat before bedtime. It’s also dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
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