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Jackfruit: The Vegan Taco Trend

This article is carefully curated for curious vegans and those out there thirsty to revive their insta feed. There’s a global trend of substituting fruit for meat, fueled by the popularity of veganism, and what better time than 2019? The infamous jackfruit takes first place for being the most adaptable food. So if you’re really into finding new things to eat or just interested in an insta-worthy dinner option, you’re in the right place. Hop on to the bandwagon; no shame.

Jackfruit is a species of fruit native to parts of South India. Jackfruit can be found in all shapes and forms, ranging from the whole fruit to canned options and even dried forms. Now you might not be able to get this at your local market as of now, but don’t worry canned options are available.

The jackfruit is here to stay. Fear it. Run from it. The jackfruit arrives all the same.

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Jackfruit is the best substitute for meat due to its texture resembling that of pulled meat. Jackfruit has a subtle flavor that readily absorbs herbs and spices, allowing the fruit to be used as a substitute for meat-based meals such as shredded chicken or pulled beef.

Jackfruit comes with its health benefits too. It boasts a ridiculous line up of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. It is also known to stabilize blood sugar levels (I’m looking at you Ma). So if you’re in a deathly state and need to rack up on your nutrients then jackfruits’ the way to go.

They’re many creative recipes you could try your hand at which include jackfruit. From burgers to tacos, there really isn’t anything you can’t substitute meat with jackfruit. The limit depends on how experimental your taste buds are willing to go. I’ve gone ahead and added a pretty mouth-watering recipe for you vegans already on the edge of your seats.

Ingredients

2 20-ounce cans young green jackfruit in brine

1 tbsp oil

1/2 onion, finely sliced

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 c vegetable broth

1 cup BBQ sauce, divided

additional salt and black pepper, to taste

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Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Cut out the dense inner core and discard. Transfer remaining fruit to a large bowl and toss with brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and chili powder.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add thinly sliced onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add jackfruit and cook, stirring, until jackfruit is beginning to brown, about 3-4 minutes.

Add vegetable broth and 3/4 cup BBQ sauce. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally using the spoon to break apart the jackfruit chunks as they soften.

Season to taste. Shred the jackfruit with two forks and top with additional BBQ sauce, if desired.

Hopefully, I’ve educated you peasants on the power move trend that is jackfruit. Just kidding, I love you. Now that you know the ins and outs of our succulent meat substitute I hope you’re down to try some new recipes and get creative! Don’t be afraid to share what you make!