See why you should give this vegan meat substitute a try.
You're likely familiar with tropical fruits like banana, guava, mango, and pineapple, but what about jackfruit? Harvested for its edible pulp and seeds, jackfruit is native to India and southern Asia and is famous for its large size. A jackfruit is typically between 35-70 pounds but the heaviest jackfruit ever recorded clocked in at 94 pounds and 2.9 ounces in June 2016, according to Guinness World Records. Aside from its significant weight, find out why registered dietitian Vandana Sheth recommends this mild and versatile fruit for your summer menu.
Young, unripe jackfruit is the best option if you want to cook the fruit. It has a similar texture to pulled pork, making it an excellent vegan substitute in sandwiches, stir fries, and tacos. Since jackfruit easily absorbs any flavor during the cooking process, you can customize your own DIY tacos with homemade BBQ sauce or spices like chili powder and paprika. If you buy canned or packaged jackfruit, just make sure to drain the fruit before cooking.