The jackfruit explained.

On our honest menu, you may have stumbled across our bbq jackfruit dish, and we’re here to introduce you to this unusual but versatile ingredient.

In certain parts of south and southeast Asia, it’s an everyday diet staple, and it’s made a great impression on our menu. Jackfruits are the nutritious food that has a long list of health benefits as it’s high in protein, potassium, calcium, fibre and iron. What’s more is that the jackfruit contains no cholesterol or saturated fat, with low levels of calories and sodium; meaning that you can enjoy your dish rather guilt free.

The fact that the jackfruit is so starchy means that it’d the perfect ingredient for curry, noodle and even ice cream dishes. And as we’ve found, when prepared and served in the right way, it can taste just like pulled pork, because whilst it is technically a fruit, the consistency of a jackfruit is somewhat similar to chicken, making it the ideal texture when setting out to achieve a pulled pork consistency, and that’s before we even consider the similarities in taste!

And in case you’re wondering how it got its name, it’s thought that it was named after William Jack (1795 - 1822), a Scottish botanist who spent much time working in Malaysia, Bengal and Sumatra, just some of the locations where the fruit can be found.

We jackfruit with a corn taco, cos, corn, avocado and bbq sauce and it’s a hit with vegans and non-vegans alike, so why not give it a go?

Sarah-Jane StringerComment