Jack of all fruit
May 2014

What’s the largest tree fruit in the world, grows on branches and trucks, and can weigh up to 100 pounds? Jackfruit! Falling coconut danger seems to be of little hazard compared to these giant fruits that could drop. I better wear a helmet if I ever visit this fruit tree in person. Then again I might be safer learning about the fruit from the international jackfruit symposium, which really it does exist!

Jackfruits are healthy and nutrient-dense. It’s high in protein, potassium and vitamin B. At about 95 calories for a half cup, it’s a great alternative for anyone looking to eat less meat or eliminate it from their meals. People in India have been eating jackfruit for many years as a meat replacement. I’m always looking for new vegan sources of protein.

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When ripe, the fruit by itself tastes like a combination of juicy pineapple, mango, and banana flavors. After jackfruit is cooked, the texture is slightly chewy and reminiscent of mushrooms depending on how long you cook it.

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Smoky BBQ Pulled Jack Recipe
Makes 5-6 servings

  • 4 cups jackfruit, 0.79 lbs
  • 3 ½ cups water or no salt added vegetable stock
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tsp dried garlic powder
  • 1 small julienned sweet onion
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • ½ Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dry chipotle chilli pepper
  • 1 dry ancho chilli pepper
  • 1 dry puya chili pepper

Now, before we start talking about how to cook it, shut the doors to the other rooms in your house! It’s gonna smell amazing, but unless you want your casa to smell like a pepper processing plant, remember to contain the aromas.

Ok, now place all the ingredients in a rice cooker and set it to cook. If you have an old fashioned model like I do, set your timer for 45 minutes. Depending on your rice cooker, you’re looking for the liquid to reduce down to a sauce like consistency. You can also place the ingredients in a large pan, bring to a boil then simmer for about 45-55 minutes. Once it’s done, make sure to take the stems of the peppers out before serving. You can make sandwiches, wraps, tacos, or top it on rice or quinoa. So many options!

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I always love trying new and interesting fruits and veggies. The next fruit I’d like to work with is breadfruit. Yes, fruit that tastes like bread! What a dream come true huh?