Up until about a year ago, I’d never heard of jackfruit so I decided to experiment and this is the delicious result! A warm, spicy curry loaded with vitamins and minerals…good for the body!
The texture of the meaty vegetable is akin to chicken; the beauty of this meaty fruit is, when prepared, it reacts like tofu in that it absorbs the spices and seasonings, making a perfect meat substitute for those who prefer a plant-based diet. The flesh of the unripe fruit is used for savory dishes, where the younger fruit is used for sweet dishes.
Although Jackfruit has been around for quite a while, it has only recently recognized a resurgence among vegan chefs. Since about 2004, the fruit was mostly used in Indian and Asian restaurants. The trend of experimentation continues and now Jackfruit can be found in almost any vegetarian/vegan/plant-based restaurant in a variety of dishes, in fact, you’ll often find it in vegan restaurants as “pulled pork”.