Jackfruit: Tastes Like Pulled Pork? What!

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Health food crazes are a dime-a-dozen these days. From replacing all your meat with tofu, to adding artificial sweeteners so you can literally have your cake and eat it too, people are constantly looking for the next big thing that tastes great while still being healthy. Oftentimes, the best health foods are the ones that don't cut any corners. That means incorporating real fruits, veggies, and whole grains into your diet and feeling the difference.

While we typically try to avoid getting swept up in crazes, there's one that has gained a lot of popularity recently that we couldn't help but investigate. It's called jackfruit, and people are claiming that it could be the key to solving one country's starvation. Also, it just so happens to look like something from an alien planet. And, despite being a fruit, it looks and tastes like pulled pork when you cook it. Sounds too good (and a little too weird) to be true, right? Well ... what if it isn't?

Jackfruit, despite its recent burst in popularity, is nothing new. The name "jackfruit" was first put down in writing in the 1500s, but evidence of its existence and consumption dates back as early as the 1400s. So, if jackfruit has been around all this time, why is it just now getting popular in the United States? Check out the images below to learn all about this strange fruit that could very well help feed millions of people around the world.

This is jackfruit. It's big, prickly, and full of delicious nutrients.

A single fruit could feed your family for an entire meal, Zerega told Business Insider. That's partly due to its size, but also because of the many different ways that people have learned to prepare the jackfruit. It can either be eaten ripe, when it is soft, fruity, and delicious, or unripe, when it resembles a potato.

In Bangladesh and other parts of Southeast Asia, jackfruit is served in dozens of ways. Jackfruit curry, stir fry, juice, chips, ice cream, and even baking flour — made from drying and grinding the seeds or fruit — are just a few examples of jackfruit’s remarkable versatility in the kitchen.

Once you get through its tough, green, knobbly exterior, you’re hit with a faint whiff of onion, sticky sap and odd looking seed pods that taste like a cross between a pineapple and a pear. So far, so fruity. But what really sets the jackfruit apart is what it can do to savoury dishes, especially its ability to imitate pulled pork after several hours on the hob.

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