Looking for a new, tasty item to add to your dinner plate? Look no further: Jackfruit is here—and according to Pinterest’s food trends of 2017, it looks like it’s here to stay.

Even though it’s a fruit, jackfruit—which is known for its “meaty” texture—is often used to replace shredded beef or pork. Also called “jack,” it’s typically found in South and Southeast Asia. Between 150 and 200 jacks can grow on one tree’s branches and trunk each year, and each one can weigh up to 100 pounds! One jackfruit contains hundreds to thousands of flowers that have fused together and surround the seeds, which is the actual fruit. This tropical beauty has taken the vegan and vegetarian world by storm.

And with a 420 percent increase in interest among Pinterest users, the masses might just be persuaded to try out this amazing food.

Jackfruit is a true super-fruit: Not only is it packed with protein, vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, it’s also extremely versatile and delicious.

Whether blended in a yummy fruit smoothie or used in vegan nachos, tacos, or hearty sandwiches, jackfruit can be used in just about any way you can imagine. You can buy it fresh, canned, or prepared.

Need a little inspiration? Check out these 10 scrumptious dishes that feature jackfruit:

1. Vegan Nachos with Barbecue Jackfruit by Dora’s Daily Dish

Dora's Daily Dish 

2. Jackfruit Nagasari by Dita Mignonesia

3. Freshly Squeezed Jackfruit Juice by fruitivorous

4. BBQ Jackfruit Sammies by PlantBasedBlonde

5. Jacked-Up Vegan Ribs by FatFreeVegan

Susan Voisin 

6. Puerco Sandwich by Organix

7. BBQ Jackfruit Tacos by Vegan_Danielle

8. Black Bean and Chipotle BBQ Jackfruit Sopes by Lisa Myaf

9. Jackfruit Taquitos by The Mostly Vegan

The Mostly Vegan 

10. Jackfruit Jelly by Agnes Dinh

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