Have you met... Jack?
Native to the Indian Western Ghats’ rain forests, this not so little tropical fruit has created quite the buzz over the last few years due to its meaty texture – making it a great, healthy alternative within plant-based dishes.
You must’ve heard of pulled jackfruit, jackfruit burgers, jackfruit curries and the other endless meat-sub jackfruit creations, but have you REALLY got to know Jack?
Also known as jack tree, fenne, jakfruit (or even just jack or jak) the fruit is better adjusted within humid-tropical and near-tropical climates, often cultured in parts of India, southeast Asia, the Philippines, Eastern Africa, Brazil and Surinam.
When unripe, the fruit is cooked like a vegetable (here’s where the meat-sub fun comes into play!) and its lightly acidic yet very mild flavour allow for seasoning to really overtake flavours, making it a great addition to loads of dishes! When ripe, it has a sweet flavour (some people compare it to the likes of bubble gum! 😱) and it can be used in a variety of desserts such as cakes, custards and ice cream.
At a mature stage, its tree produce around 100-200 fruits in a year. That’s quite a bit, huh?
And it doesn’t stop there... the Jack is full of nutrients! The fruit is rich in vitamins (such as A and B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamin C and E), minerals (such as iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese and iron), antioxidants and dietary fibres!
In its raw form, 100g of Jackfruit contain:
- 95 calories
- 0.6g fat (of which 0.2g are saturated)
- 2mg sodium
- 23g carbohydrates (of which 19g are sugars and 1.5g dietary fibre)
- 1.7g protein
- 24mg calcium
- 448mg potassium
- 13.7mg vitamin C
- 110.00 IU vitamin A
- 0.329mg vitamin B6
- 0.23g iron
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