I have been all about Jackfruit lately. This mega fruit that comes from South East Asia became our favorite family fruit not only because it tastes so good, but also for its versatile uses in cooking!
Jackfruit is the world’s largest and the most impressive fruit! If you haven’t had any, I encourage you head over to your local Asian market and pick one up soon.
A ripe jackfruit has a custordy, sweet taste. Raw jackfruit has a texture of pulled chicken and adopts to various flavors and sauces very well by making it perfect replacement for meat in your vegan tacos, stews or sandwiches. Jackfruit has been widely popular in South East Asia for many years and used in cooking for curries and stews. Even the seeds of jackfruit are used in cooking. And now its popularity is growing here within the vegan community as well.
Last Tuesday for #tacotuesday, I tried making tacos from Jackfruit and was very pleased how they turned out. I used both fresh and canned jackfruit for my recipe. I added some jamaican jerk spice to my seasoning which took the flavor meter to a different level! I served the jackfruit tacos with some homemade mango salsa. I couldn’t wait to share my recipe with you all today! Hope you are going to like it!
Here is what you need:
- 2 20-oz cans of young green jackfruit in brine (do not use jackfruit in syrup for this). I added some fresh jackfruit to the mix here too. You don’t have to.
- 2 small red bell peppers, chopped
- 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- ½ Thai chili
- 2 tsp ginger, minced
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 4 tbsp shoyu
- 1 tsp maple syrup,
- 2 tablespoon of Jamaican jerk spice mix (if you don’t have this spice mix, you can use some garlic herb seasoning, with thyme and little bit of nutmeg)
- 1 vegetable bouillon cube + 1 ½ cups water (or 1½ cups vegetable stock)
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil optional for the sauce.
- 8 corn tortillas, warmed before serving
Here is what canned jackfruit looks like in a can. Most Asian markets sell this brand.
- 2 ripe mangoes cubed
- 2 medium tomatoes cubed
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- ½ cup cilantro, chopped
- juice of 2 limes
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Drain the jackfruit in a colander.
- In a wide bowl, use a fork to pull the fibers apart. The jackfruit should have a texture reminiscent of pulled chicken.
- Place the jackfruit and chopped onions and a red pepper in a large pot or skillet with a lid, and set aside.
- Place the sauce ingredients, Jamaican jerk spice, (onion to bouillon) in a blender, and blend until it has become a smooth liquid.
- Pour the sauce over the jackfruit, and stir to coat.
- Place the pot on the stove, and bring contents to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and cook for 25-30 minutes.
- While the jerk jackfruit is cooking, make your mango salsa.
- Place the salsa ingredients in a bowl and mix all the ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the jerk jackfruit inside of warmed corn tortillas and topped with mango salsa, garnish with fresh cilantro and lime juice. You can also serve them inside the lettuce cups for low carb option.
Here are some interesting health facts about Jackfruit
Health benefits of jackfruit
- 100 g of edible jackfruit bulbs provide 95 calories. The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible flesh (bulbs) made up of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.
- Jackfruit is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps protect the colon mucous membrane by binding to and eliminating cancer-causing chemicals from the colon.
- Fresh fruit has small but significant amounts of vitamin-A, and flavonoid pigments such as carotene-ß, xanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin-ß. Together, these compounds play vital roles in antioxidant and vision functions. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of mucusa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A, and carotenes has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Jackfruit is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C, provides about 13.7 mg or 23% of RDA. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
- It is one of the rare fruits that is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid.
- Further, fresh fruit is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Have a fantastic week my friends!