Jerk Jackfruit

Jackfruit looks strange from the outside– its giant and green, oblong and covered in a million tiny green spikes– but inside it is a mildly sweet fruit somewhere between a mango and an artichoke.  The young green jackfruit can be found in cans, or it can be found whole or pre-cut closer to ripe in most asian grocery stores. I always like to finish my jackfruit in a cast iron pan (I use this one from Lodge)

A little bit of bravery and a very sharp knife will cut through the thick outer skin of the whole fruit, giving you a great base that can take on many flavors from pulled v-pork to jerk v-chicken, giving you a healthy plant-based alternative to classic foods! Even better, jackfruit grows in abundance, making this a sustainable crop for local farmers year-round.

INGREDIENTS

For the Jerk:

  • Jackfruit– 2 cups (one can, pressed and drained, or 2 cups string parts, not yellow meat)
  • Blackstrap Molasses– 2 TBS
  • Sesame Chili Oil- 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper- 1/2 tsp
  • Sea Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Onion Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Smoked Paprika- 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Nutmeg- 1/4 tsp (scant)
  • Allspice- 1/4 tsp (scant)
  • Cinnamon- 1/4 tsp
  • Sage- 1/4 tsp
  • Thyme- 1/4 tsp
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Organic Sunflower Oil to

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PREPARE

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pull the jackfruit between two forks until shredded, and toss with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.
  3. If using canned jackfruit, place the jackfruit on one even layer between baking pans and press firmly, with your hands or by loading up with unopened cans, for 5 minutes, to press and drain the brine.
  4. Place on a baking sheet to roast for 15 minutes, to dry out the jackfruit and bring out its flavor.
  5. Place all remaining ingredients in a bowl, and add the jackfruit when it is not too hot to touch.  
  6. Mix thoroughly to combine, breaking apart larger pieces.
  7. Heat oil in cast iron pan, and saute jackfruit until it darkens and the herbs become aromatic with an even temperature.
  8. Serve warm over rice, or with fixins’ for tacos!

 

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That’s me, with my incredibly large jackfruit haul from HMART, they cut this for me fresh so I didn’t have to carry home a whopping 22 pounds! I am hoping that your new-found love of jackfruit will help you eat fruit not friends!

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