I’ve been hooked on jackfruit since I was first introduced to it last month by one of my girlfriends. What is jackfruit? A lot of people have never heard of this fruit. I definitely had no idea what it was at first. The jackfruit is native to southwest India and its fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit, up to 80lbs! It’s the national fruit of Bangladesh and is low in calories, composed of mainly water, carbohydrates, protein, fat, and contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Jackfruit is versatile and can be used in a number of dishes in replacement of meat. When you season it and cook it up, it actually looks like pulled chicken or pulled pork. My husband tried jackfruit tacos I made one evening and said he would never have guessed it was a fruit if I hadn’t told him. Now jackfruit tacos are one of his favourite dinners!
Where do you find jackfruit? This fruit can be found in a can at natural food stores, or in the health foods section of your general grocery store. It can also be found in various flavours, which makes it even more fun. However, it’s super simple to season and flavour it yourself. You can also find whole jackfruit at some asian markets. You can tell if a jackfruit is ripe because it will have some dark spots on it, smell fruity, and be slightly soft when you press it. It will be less sweet and meatier when it hasn’t ripened yet, which makes it the perfect candidate for cooking with.
You can cook jackfruit in all different ways, pan-frying or slow cooking are common ways to cook up this versatile fruit. You can flavour jackfruit to suit any meal, spiced jackfruit is amazing for tacos (instead of chicken) and BBQ jackfruit is perfect for pulled jackfruit sliders (instead of pulled pork). The possibilities are endless!
WAYS TO ENJOY JACKFRUIT: Jackfruit tacos (my fav), jackfruit sandwiches, jackfruit burgers, jackfruit wraps/lettuce wraps, jackfruit crab cakes, jackfruit rice bowls, jackfruit buddha bowls, jackfruit sliders, jackfruit salad…
BENEFITS OF JACKFRUIT:
- High in vitamins + minerals
- Rich in antioxidants
- Contains phytonutrients
- Immune boosting
- Easy on digestion
- Plant based “meat” option
The beauty of this fruit is that you can season it and cook it up to suit any style dish. Today I am sharing with you my favourite way to easily cook up spiced jackfruit to go with vegan tacos. I like to use Silver Hills Bakery Organic Turmeric Tortillas topped with Holy Homous, Yucatan Organic Guacamole, homemade vegan cabbage slaw, spiced Cha’s Organics Young Jackfruit, and drizzles of Minimalist Baker 3-Ingredient Tahini Sauce to top it all off.
A nutrient rich plant based swap for meat that’s versatile and can be seasoned, sauced, and cooked to suit any style dish. Spiced jackfruit is perfect for adding to tacos, sliders, rice bowls, salads, nourishing buddha bowls, soups, curry, and more!
- 1 can Cha’s Organics Young Jackfruit
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp organic paprika
- 1/2 tsp organic chili powder
- 1/2 tsp organic ground cumin seed
- 2 tsp organic garlic powder, or minced garlic
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp spicy vegan chipotle sauce
- Drain, rinse and pat the jackfruit dry. Transfer it to a bowl.
- Add paprika, chili powder, cumin powder, garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper to the bowl of jackfruit and mix together.
- Heat extra virgin olive oil on a medium sized skillet. Add seasoned jackfruit to the pan and pan-fry for an estimated 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat. I like to cover my pan with a lid and cook on low at first to soften the jackfruit up quicker. Keep an eye while jackfruit is cooking and push it around with a spatula every minute or so.
- Once the jackfruit begins to soften, mash it up. The jackfruit will be done cooking once it’s completely dried out. It will look similar to pulled chicken or pulled pork.
- Last but not least, add 2 tbsp of creamy vegan chipotle sauce and mix it in with the jackfruit. For the sauce- blend ½ cup cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours, rinsed then drained) with ⅔ cups water, 2 tbsp adobo sauce, 1 tbsp organic tomato paste, 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of sea salt to taste. Keep any extra sauce stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 5 days.
- Enjoy jackfruit immediately by serving it on vegan tacos, or whichever way you desire. Keep any extras stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
TIP: To make life even easier, you can use a potato masher to gently mash up the jackfruit once it has softened.
Have you ever tried jackfruit? What’s your favourite way to enjoy this versatile fruit? Let me know if you try my Spiced Jackfruit recipe by tagging @thenourishedvibe on Instagram or @NourishedVibe on twitter and use the hashtag #thenourishedvibe so I can see your amazing variations. I hope you have a wonderful day!