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Are you new to Jackfruit as a meat replacement? Personally, I took a little while to warm up to the idea. I think I was initially turned off by the name. I couldn’t imagine fruit taking the place of meat in a recipe. It was my newly turned vegetarian daughter who convinced me to try it out. One thing was for sure, it certainly looked like meat. So much so that I was still a little weary of trying it. Now I’m glad I did.

Jackfruit is the largest tree fruit, weighing up to 80 pounds. The fleshy part of the fruit can be used as a meat replacement, having a savory taste when it is unripened. The flavor makes it a perfect base for Indian and Mexican seasonings, but it is often used in barbecue recipes because of it’s visual appearance that is similar to pulled chicken or pork. And if you don’t like the softer texture, simply roast in the oven for fifteen minutes for chewier jackfruit.

While jackfruit works great in vegan recipes it is working even harder in your body. This healthy fruit is low in calories and high in dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A. These and other phytonutrients present have been shown to have anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. The magnesium content aids in calcium absorption for healthy bones, important for vegans, while iron and potassium help lower blood pressure.

This seemingly miracle fruit is also rich in B complex vitamins especially vitamin B-6 which helps the body metabolize protein and turn food into energy it can use. Vegans can benefit from the nutritional content of this lesser known meat replacement and fool their friends when they bite into a jackfruit pulled pork barbecue sandwich.

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