I have been super obsessed with curry lately so when I was at the grocery store and spotted Upton’s Natural Thai Curry Jackfruit, I couldn’t help but purchase it.
I don’t usually purchase many meat replacements because I want my diet at home to be primarily whole foods based, but I don’t really consider this jackfruit to be a processed meat replacement since it is literally a fruit.
So what is jackfruit? It’s a weird looking fruit that has a very leathery texture, similar to pork. It’s naturally sweet but also kind of tastes like kimchi (to me, at least). Jackfruit is primarily grown in Southeastern Asia, but it can be found in other parts of the world too. Coming across a whole jackfruit in the USA is extremely unlikely. In fact, I just Googled it and the only option I could find is purchasing one from Amazon for $78. Yikes.
Good thing is, you can purchase canned jackfruit from most natural food and Asian stores OR you can purchase Upton’s Naturals jackfruit. They have a few different flavors (BBQ, Chili Lime, Thai Curry or just plain ol’ Original).
A box of Upton’s Natural jackfruit yields about 4 servings and each serving only contains 40 calories. That’s the great thing about using jackfruit as a meat replacement- it’s a FRUIT, meaning you can eat tons of it without feeling sick, as you would eating a bunch of meat (or even a bunch of processed vegan meat replacements). It’s also the perfect meat replacement because it’s naturally soy free, nut free, gluten free, dairy free and meat free. Plants are so cool, right?
You can do lots of things with jackfruit- tacos, “pulled pork” sandwiches, stir fries, salads, curries, etc. It’s so versatile and you could put it on anything.
Today I just ate it with rice and some vegetables but I’m going to be experimenting with some recipes in the near future. Be on the lookout for that!
Also, if you end up trying Upton’s, tag me on Instagram (@staci.leeann) to show me how you used it!