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   Jackfruit.

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   “1.  Seriously sweet and even better than pulled pork — this cult fruit is more than just junk food for vegans,” the London Evening Standard gushes, calling it “the new kimchi, kale and cauliflower all rolled into one.”¹

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   It can weigh 5 to 100 lb and is the heaviest (and heartiest?) fruit found on any tree!

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Here’s the second of 10 more things to know about it:

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   2. The jackfruit is native to India and Southeast Asia, where it has been a staple crop for thousands of years.

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3. In the U.S., it is now being grown — albeit only on a modest scale — in Florida. Hawaii also has a climate conducive to its cultivation.

4. It has a pungent aroma that has been compared to “overripe fruit, packaged fruit cup, smelly feet, stinky cheese and pet food,” as NPR recently put it, adding that “really, it wasn’t that bad!”

5. The taste has been described as that of a pineapple crossed with a banana.

6. Nutritionally, the jackfruit is a powerhouse: packed with protein, calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin B, with 95 calories per cup.

7. An adaptable food, jackfruit can be eaten fresh and blended into smoothies. Or it can be dried or roasted and used in everything from soups to chips to noodles, jams to juices, and even ice cream. (The seeds are also useful and may even be ground to use as flour.) The fruit may also function as a stand-in for meat in curry dishes and Mexican foods. As noted in a Food Network video, “unripe jackfruit has a meatlike taste, and when cooked the fruit is transformed into a savory meat substitute similar to pulled pork, perfect for tacos.”

8. It has been hailed as a potential solution for food insecurity — a “miracle crop.” “It is easy to grow. It survives pests and diseases and high temperatures. It is drought-resistant,” Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank, a nonprofit organization focused on agricultural sustainability, told the Guardian. “It achieves what farmers need in food production when facing a lot of challenges under climate change.”

9. You can buy it canned (in water or brine or syrup).

10. You can try your hand at cooking it with this recipe for a BBQ jackfruit sandwich. And to learn more about jackfruit, check the source below.

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   This can be bought in many large supermarkets, especially in local, “with-it” produce stores. Size and shape? Between a canalope and a watermelon. Dark green and rough outside. Can be cut and immediately eaten “raw.” Surprise your friends (as I was by Florida neighbor who “knows things.”)

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   ¹ All this is from Amy Reiter on FN DISH on the food network. Copy and Paste in  http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2016/05/10-things-to-know-about-jackfruit/?oc=linkback