You might have seen the news on how Jackfruit is a favourite dish to serve and add to your menu. Not only does it have the texture of pulled pork, but it can also serve as an excellent substitute for different meat dishes such as wraps, soups, and pasta.
This unusual ingredient will not just serve to bring some diversity to your pantry’s flavour but will also address some of the growing trends in dining that your customers will be glad to embrace.
The battle against unhealthy eating
More and more customers are looking to take a stand against unhealthy living. With the growing rise of health-conscious diners, restaurants have been quick to make the shift in adjusting their menus to fit their demographic’s palate. Restaurants have made sure to change their branding to selling vegetarian dishes that are seen to be encouraged more in people’s modern lifestyles.
Some of the steps that restaurants and cafes take in making a greener stand is offering unique fruit and vegetable juice blends. The time when wine was paired with the main course seems to be dying out as wine’s alcohol content is now not as popular when it comes to healthy living. Fruit drinks are endorsed by fitness experts and dieticians who want to have the nutritional value of various greens and fruits in it while adding a house blend, a unique twist, to the flavour.
Jackfruit as an alternative
Jackfruit, known as the ‘vegetarian meat’, comes with just enough nutritional value to substitute meat in meals. Regarding its physical aspect, it looks a lot like durian but is significantly larger. Fresh jackfruit is sweet and has a texture that mimics the feel of pulled pork or minced chicken. Securing a jackfruit supplier in the UK while it’s off-season might be difficult but worth the returns if you’re able to capitalise on the sale of your meals through ‘limited time only’ marketing of your dishes.
The health benefits of the fruit include low-calorie content while being high in dietary fibres. It’s also filled with antioxidants and is known for having cancer-fighting properties that can also help with blood pressure and indigestion.
Jackfruit dishes to try out
The most common application of Jackfruit as an alternative to meat dishes is in pork barbeque recipes. The flavour of jackfruit can pretty much be overwritten by the meal and absorbs more the characteristics of the ingredients that you add. Its soft sweetness is an excellent complement to a barbeque dish served with rice, other vegetables, or coleslaw. You can also try using jackfruit as an alternative to quesadillas and wraps, making for a great vegetarian dish to add to your menu.
Besides being used as a pork and beef substitute, you can also replicate chicken-based dishes with the fruit. Popular choices include using the ingredient as a supplement to deep-fried chicken strips that are made by marinating it in breadcrumbs and adding a little bit of garnish on the side.