Cookie Butter had its year. I'm pretty sure 2018 was the year of Cauliflower. Are we seeing Jackfruit as the food item of the year for 2019? Perhaps, but time will tell. And it will all be based on how good the products coming out are. But for right now, there is now an additional frozen item that has jackfruit in it.
This time last year, Trader Joe's introduced the Yellow Jackfruit Curry, prior to that they added canned jackfruit. So the options seem to be slowly expanding. Unlike cookie butter or cauliflower, there are lots of people who might be unfamiliar with jackfruit.
While its called jackfruit it isn't sweet, so don't let the word fruit fool you. Some people compare the texture to a pulled pork.
I'd agree with that assessment of the texture, but say the taste is closer to artichoke. Or at least in this application.
The last time I had them, it was with curry so it was more of an assertive flavor.
This however, seeks to be the meatless answer to Trader Joe's Crab Cakes. These are also much cheaper. One box of two crab cakes would set you back $6.99, however this one box of vegan jackfruit cakes costs $3.99 and contains four cakes.
And for a meatless solution it's pretty good. But don't expect this to taste like crab.
Here you have the familiar elements of a crab cake: a breading and filling.
I treated mine like crab cakes and enjoyed them the same way. They weren't bad. And the package of four made for a filling meal with a reasonable calorie count.
But there were a few differences. These seemed a bit greasy and they were a bit gummy in terms of the exterior. But as a substitute, for real crab cakes they did a good job mimicking the flavors.
Based on the ingredients, these are not only vegan (which is labeled), but they seem to be gluten-free as well (which is not labeled as being such).
Overall, not a bad option. The taste isn't crabby and if you go into it expecting more of an artichoke flavor, then you might enjoy these. It made for a nice meatless dinner.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I'd buy this again, but I'd also buy the crab cakes too.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Vegan Jackfruit Cakes:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How Trader Joe's describes these and how to prepare them:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Vegan Jackfruit Cakes
Product Name: Trader Joe's Vegan Jackfruit Cakes
Product Description: Trader Joe's Vegan Jackfruit Cakes that are basically crabless crab cakes.
Trader Joe's Vegan Jackfruit Cakes are crab-less crab cakes made with jackfruit and no egg to ensure they are labeled as being vegan
- A pretty good substitute for crab cakes
- Vegan if that is important to you (and possibly gluten free as well. They are not labeled as being gluten free but a quick glance at the ingredients they look like they might be).
- A bit greasy and exterior was a bit gummy