Full disclosure: I hate jackfruit! Seriously. I’d had it a couple of times, once in a Reuben sandwich at a restaurant, and another time I tried to make jackfruit carnitas according to a recipe I found on YouTube. In both instances, I was beyond disappointed. The texture was mushy, and as Ben famously described it, “it feels like pineapple”. So, for the last year or so, whenever I would see jackfruit on a menu, I would avoid it. Even if the rest of the dish sounded good, the word jackfruit would immediately turn me off. I was convinced that it was a crap meat substitute. Period. Done.
However, on a whim a few weeks ago, I bought a can of jackfruit from Trader Joe’s. I had no recipe in mind, but I was determined to give it another shot. I had seen other YouTubers use it, and bake it, and it seemed, visually, to have a better texture that what I had experienced.