Jackfruit... What an interesting fruit it is. Native to India, the jackfruit tree fruit is popular in tropical regions around the world. As celebrated as it is, mainly in Asia, it is still not commonly known here in the United States. This mysterious fruit isn’t impossible to find, though. You could look for it in Asian and specialty stores.
The jackfruit is huge and prickly on the outside; but when you crack it open, the inside is filled with bulbs or something like pods, which are fleshy. It can be eaten as is or it can be cut up and cooked. Its texture is very similar to chicken, which makes it a perfect vegetarian replacement. In fact, it’s sometimes referred to as “vegetable meat” because it tastes like chicken, only sweeter.
On Tuesdays I like to prepare vegetarian meals for my family. Since my 4 year old boy is sometimes a little picky eater, I’m going to try these “chicken” tacos more often. They’re so delicious, he doesn’t taste the difference!