Jackfruit is a unique tropical fruit indigenous to the rain forests of India. It is cultivated in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and was introduced to the States around the early 1800’s. In South and Southeast India, the fruit’s popularity ranks with the ever-popular mango and banana.
Although Jackfruit has been around for quite a while, it has only recently recognized a resurgence among vegan chefs. Since about 2004, the fruit was mostly used in Indian and Asian restaurants. Food bloggers and chefs began to experiment with the fruit and share their findings. The trend of experimentation continues and now Jackfruit can be found in almost any vegetarian/vegan/plant-based restaurant in a variety of dishes….