In what is a UK first, Essential Trading is introducing Organic Young Jackfruit to the market.
The savoury ingredient is cut into chunks and canned in salted water to be consumed as a natural and nutritious vegan alternative to meat. Containing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron, it is also high in fibre.
Jackfruit can take on any flavour and when cooked is not dissimilar to pulled pork in texture and appearance. This non-processed meat alternative can be used in pasta bakes, wraps and cooked in sauces. It can be served hot or cold.
Commenting on the launch, Essential Trading’s Phil Lee said: “It’s not every day that we get the chance to introduce something completely new to the UK, and to bring a transformative meat-free option to British tables. We look forward to developing delicious recipe ideas for our customers and discovering new ways to cook with this exciting organic ingredient. We can’t wait to reveal this new launch at Natural & Organic Products Europe in April!”
Essential’s Organic Young Jackfruit is ethically sourced and grown organically by the co-op’s long-term farming partners in Sri Lanka, which also prepare and can the product.