When cooked, the Asian fruit – which can weigh up to 110lbs – resembles the texture of meats such as pork and beef. The fruit – often seen as unappetising in the countries where it grows – has now begun to rival traditional meat substitutes such as tofu, Quorn and the wheat gluten-based seitan. Its appearance on menus has coincided with the growing number of vegans in the UK – estimated at 3.5million. When cooked, the Asian fruit – which can weigh up to 110lbs – resembles the texture of meats such as pork and beef Unable to be grown commercially in the UK, jackfruit – the largest fruit grown on a tree – is imported in cans or frozen and can be eaten dried. Waitrose has launched a £3.19 vegetarian jackfruit biryani and £4.79 vegan hoisin jackfruit parcels, as well as selling canned pieces of the fruit in brine. Leading restaurants have also followed the trend, with Gourmet Burger Kitchen last week launching a ‘jack in a bun’ jackfruit burger. Pizza Express also uses the fruit, which comes from the same family as the fig and mulberry, on its vegan puttanesca pizza. It has been heralded as a ‘miracle’ food crop because of its abundance in the countries where it grows, while often ...