It is clear that jackfruit has made a strong advance in recent years. The fruit is often mentioned in the same breath as meat substitutes. Pulled jackfruit is therefore an ingenious way to replace pulled pork in vegan rendang, as a filling for baos or tacos or as a topping for fries. But did you know that you can also use jackfruit in sweet dishes? The mature version then, that is!
What is jack fruit?
Just a quick summary for those who have never heard of jackfruit . Jackfruit is a special fruit, also called jackfruit . The fruit looks a bit like the durian: another showpiece among the fruits. But durian has a spiky skin, jackfruit a bumpy one. The inside of a jackfruit is also really cool: bright yellow, the flesh of which is divided into Madame Jeanette-like shapes.
Canned jackfruit comes in two varieties: ripe jackfruit and unripe jackfruit. You want that unripe – young green jackfruit in brine – as a meat substitute. You should leave the ripe ones (often in a yellow tin) if you want to make pulled jackfruit, but you can then use them again in baking and desserts. And due to the popularity of the first, we would almost forget that the second variant is also a great product.
Ripe jackfruit in sweet dishes
Our interest in ripe jackfruit (ie either the canned syrup or the fresh one, as fruit – but it’s harder to find) was sparked by Yvette van Boven’s latest cookbook ‘ Van Bovens leftovers ‘. It contains two very cool recipes with the sweet version of jackfruit. The first is an inverted jackfruit cake (like a kind of tarte tatin), the second is jackfruit pastries with lime yogurt panna cotta.
That inspired us to find out what else you can do with sweet jackfruit. Conclusion? A lot. For example, make jackfruit compote with a hint of cinnamon. Or simply use it in your breakfast with yogurt and granola, or as fruit on your ice cream. You can also use ripe jackfruit as an ingredient for tropical smoothies, for example with mango and coconut.
In any case, you don’t have to worry anymore if you accidentally brought the wrong can of jackfruit with you….