Food & Recipes

Behold Jackfruit, The Fruit That Tastes Like Pork

If you’ve recently become vegetarian or vegan, you’re likely searching for substitutes for the food you liked when you ate meat.

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Photo by neajjean

If you’re looking for a replacement for pork, you may now have one. Jackfruit, the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, is apparently a tasty plant-based substitute for meat.

It’s becoming popular in the US and being used in tacos, “pulled pork” sandwiches, and other pork-based dishes.

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Photo by Alex Popovkin, Bahia, Brazil

The fruit is native to South and Southeast Asia, but it is now more commonly being sold in the United States due to its popularity with vegetarians.

It can be purchased pre-sliced by the pound, and it can be fried, baked, and even barbecued. After an hour of so or cooking, the fruit is said to taste like pulled pork.

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Photo by runran

As far as nutritional value goes, the jackfruit is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, fiber, and more. If you want to try the fruit yourself, look for it in Asian or health food specialty stores.

Photo by Scot Nelson