The pros: Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice is the newest addition to the frozen foods aisle. Unlike so many of my recent posts, this item might not be seasonal.
The cons: You'll need to like yellow curry to appreciate this dish. Coconut milk drives up the saturated fat in this dish.
The verdict: Confession time: When I buy something from Trader Joe's I actually start a draft of a review for it. Most of the items I get to, some I get distracted from and move on to newer finds. Yes, that end cap of new items gets me every time. Without exaggeration, I have over 200 items in my draft folder for this blog waiting to be finished and published. One such item is Trader Joe's Canned Jack Fruit. I've been hesitating on it because I had absolutely no clue what to do with it. I've never had Jackfruit prior to reviewing this pre-made item. Perhaps that review will come to be after the New Year.
This is one of those item I'm glad Trader Joe's offers, because I had no idea: what jackfruit was, what it tasted like, or how to use it. So, if you are in the same boat where you thought the same things here we go. Jackfruit tastes like an artichoke and shares a similar texture. It was pretty good. It's more savory than sweet so don't let the same throw you. I enjoyed eating it. Now, I can go back to the can that has been sitting in my cabinet and have some clue what I can pair it with.
This is a typical freezer entree. Mine needed just over 5 minutes to cook. The jasmine rice did come out of the microwave quite sticky, but still fragrant and yummy. This is a yellow curry made with coconut milk, so be ready for all the fat that comes along with that. The curry is much thinner than many of the other Indian curries at Trader Joe's, but this is more typical of Thai cuisine. I personally wished it wasn't quite so thin. My rice was absolutely swimming in the amount of curry sauce. The heat is a mild to medium heat. The yellow curry tastes of coconut and spices.
While the star item here is the jackfruit, this also has some peppers and even less eggplant. I hardly noticed the eggplant at all. For $2.79 this is a solid choice for vegans, fans of Thai yellow curry, or the curious about trying Jackfruit. A cool find and a food item that should be explored a bit more in my world. I liked it this dish.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes this dish:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked and plated you get:
A closer look at Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice:
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice was good, but I prefer the Indian curries that Trader Joe's sells. This is a solid option for people who are vegan or who are curious about Jackfruit but have no idea what to do with it. I might buy this again.
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