5 Reasons to Love Jackfruit

1. Tropical Taste(s)

Jackfruit, or "jaca" in Portuguese, is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world. Hiding under its peculiar green exterior are petals of sweet flesh, infused with notes of mango, pineapple and banana. Jackfruit trees thrive in tropical-to-subtropical climates, and are native to south and southeast Asia.

2. Fruit-rients

Loaded with crucial nutrients, including potassium, calcium, iron, vitamins A & C and B vitamins.

3. Jaca to the Rescue

Jackfruit trees are very easy to grow; resistant to drought, disease and pests. For parts of the world facing food insecurity, researchers say this bountiful fruit could help provide a solution.

4. Meatless Marvel

Ever heard of "pulled jackfruit," the vegetarian version of pulled pork? Young green jackfruit has a meaty texture and nominal taste, perfect for absorbing flavors and recreating your favorite meat dishes. For a sweeter version, sub ripened jackfruit.

5. Conversation Sparker

Liven up the lunchroom or your next party with dried jackfruit! Many have never tried this sweet, chewy treat.

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A jackfruit can reach up to 80 lbs, 35 inches in length and 20 inches in diameter (think large labrador retriever).

 

Sources

Wikipedia, “Jackfruit”

npr.org "Here’s the Scoop on Jackfruit"

theguardian.com “Jackfruit Heralded as 'Miracle' Food Crop ”

Miami Herald “Jackfruit is Your Secret to a Meatless Meal”

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