For a lot of us who have been trying #MeatlessMondays or trying to become vegan or vegetarian - we know our way around vegetables! But what if we told you there’s a fruit substitute for meat? This juicy gem is a gluten-free, grain-free exotic fruit called Jackfruit. Shred it, roast it, or simply eat it – jackfruit will give you an unexpected gastronomic experience.
Is it healthy?
This sweet, exotic fruit is packed with proteins, vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, minerals, phytonutrients, carbohydrate, electrolytes, fiber, and fat. The health benefits include preventing the onset of cancer, strengthening bones, your nervous system and helping people with diabetes. Also, and this is our favourite part - it has anti-ageing properties! It fights wrinkles, gives you flawless skin, and helps strengthen your eye sight as well. Sounds like the miracle fruit we must try!!!
The Meatless Trend
With the vegan trend spreading like wildfire, we are constantly looking for flavourful meat protein alternatives. Jackfruit is known to have the taste and texture of pulled pork. It is chewy, juicy and tender. Some will agree that it also tastes like chicken in some preparations. All you need to do is spice it up like you would do with any other type of meat.
The Jazz About Jackfruit
Healthy meat alternatives? Yes, please! Vegans all over the world are catching on fast to the jackfruit trend. Apart from being extremely healthy, jackfruit is also very versatile. You can eat it ripe or use it in burger patties, salads, nachos, smoothies, sandwiches, tacos, and desserts.
You can even try making jackfruit ice cream with coconut milk if you are feeling experimental and are craving a vegan ice cream! Even jackfruit seeds can be roasted and eaten as a healthy snack or simply used to sprinkle on top of salads. It absorbs flavours easily, so use it for cooking your favourite dishes.
There’s hardly anything that you can’t use jackfruit for, so go try this new meatless rage for yourself!
Want to know about more vegan meatless options like Tofu? Read about Tofu here
Looking for some healthy, vegetarian recipes? Try these DIY healthy salad recipes