Jackfruit is a fruit that won the lottery! Five years ago, it was just an ugly and unharvested Indian plant. Now Jackfruit has been unveiled as The Taste of the Year 2020!
Following two separate surveys produced by the UK’s largest diners’ club Tastecard, this magic fruit topped the polls with both consumers and food experts predicting that jackfruit will massively increase in popularity on the high-street restaurant scene, becoming the meat alternative of the year. Other popular food choices are set to include turmeric, collard greens and goji berries.
Tastecard’s CMO, Anwar Sultan commented: “The jackfruit trend is set to soar in 2020 with the ingredient being favoured for mainstream menus and served on dinner tables across the country. I’m really looking forward to seeing how restaurateurs, chefs and home-cooks experiment and incorporate jackfruit within everyday meals”.
Loved by vegans and vegetarians alike, jackfruit has already seen its status rise in 2019 with the rising of plant-based diets. But, why is it so popular?
THE PERFECT MEAT SUBSTITUTE
Jackfruit come from the jackfruit tree, a cousin of the figtree. It is not the tastiest tinned item with low calorie count, nor the weirdest plant anyone has put in a tin, but it has conquered the vegan market.
The big selling point of this fruit is the texture. It is similar to artichoke, with fronds coming off it, which look like meat after a slow cook. The inner meat of a jackfruit is yellow and it’s not dissimilar to a banana or pineapple in terms of being dense and fibrous.
The taste is quite distinctive too! Some say it’s sweet, some say it’s similar to pulled pork, especially when cooked.
But jackfruit also packs a powerful nutrition punch. It contains the typical mix of vitamins and minerals you’d find in any fruit, but it is also a good source of magnesium, vitamin B6 and antioxidants.
Available in our stores and ONLINE SHOP, jackfruit can be used in a variety of ways and in traditional dishes including fish-free fishcakes, Sunday roasts and burgers.