One of our star ingredients in the seasonal specials is jackfruit. After months of developing recipes, chef Guy introduced the seasonal specials with BBQ jackfruit in early July. Jackfruit remains a rare treat in the U.S despite its popularity in its native Asia. The fruit brings multiple health benefits in addition to its aromatic, sweet flavor. Let’s find out what lies behind the spiky skin with us!
What is jackfruit?
It comes from a huge tree that grows to as high as 30 meters. The fruit comes from the mulberry family and contains vitamins and nutrients that greatly rejuvenates your health. The fruit’s flesh is rich in fiber. Minerals, electrolytes, phytonutrients, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, and protein are a few nutrients packed inside the spiky skin. It has absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fats.
What are the health benefits?
The fruit consists of a high level of B6 that fulfills 25% of our daily requirement and approximately 0.64 grams of fat. With such a hard outer shell, it is hard to believe that the fruit contains up of 80% water. It also encompasses high levels of carbohydrates and calories that deliver instant energy. The antioxidants found in jackfruit help protect your body from cancer, aging, and degenerative disease.
It is notable to mention that the fruit improves eyesight as well as protects from cataract and macular degeneration. It also improves bone and skin health. Ripe jackfruit emanates a much different flavor depending on the age. At Beyond Sushi, we use green jackfruit for our current seasonal specials. This type exudes a pulled pork taste.
- In a season, each tree bears as many as 250 large fruits, which is the largest tree-borne fruits in the world.
- 100 grams of edible jackfruit bulbs provide 95 calories. The bulbs consists of simple sugars that replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly.
- Maintains blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Potassium an important component that regulates blood pressure.
- Cleans toxins from the colon and keep it in good and healthy shape.
- Prevents constipation and alleviates the symptoms.
- People in Southeast Asia use the wood to make musical instruments, furniture, and in-house construction.
- The color of monks’ robes in SE Asia come from the wood’s dye.
Not only packed with nutrients and vitamins, this wonder fruit is very versatile in the kitchen. It makes a wonderful snack or a refreshing smoothie when ripe. You can easily find fresh, ripe jackfruit from the fruit vendors in Chinatown, Manhattan in the summer. When young, there are several ways to cook the fruit including: Peppered maple bacon, Curry, and Meatballs tacos. The young green jackfruit is usually canned and is available at most Asian markets.
Still feeling unsure about making this yourself? Stop by any Beyond Sushi locations and enjoy the BBQ jackfruit in our sushi, rice paper wrap, and dumpling. The specials will be available until late September.