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BRAND-NEW Essential Trading Organic Young Jackfruit vegan meat alternative

BRAND-NEW Essential Trading Organic Young Jackfruit vegan meat alternative

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Essential Trading is a British Co-operative wholesaler, manufacturer and distributor based in Bristol, and one of the most established suppliers in the UK health food industry. The company’s reputation is built around ethically-sourced, sustainably-produced, authentic, tasty ranges that contain no artificial colours, flavours or modifiers. Everything is traceable, wholesome, packed with goodness, guaranteed 100% vegetarian/vegan.  They already have over 5,000 lines in their warehouse and you can find their own brand of kitchen cupboard staples in independent retailers all over the country. Essential Trading is delighted to introduce an exciting new product - unique to the UK - Organic Young Jackfruit, a new vegan meat alternative that’s previously been something of a chef’s secret.



The jackfruit is a savoury ingredient that foodies love, but is little known in the UK. Chunks of the fresh young jackfruit are canned in salted water, and provide a natural, nutritious and delicious alternative to meat. There are lots of meat substitutes on the market, but this non-processed ingredient has a meaty texture that can take on almost any flavour, without the need to be terribly skilled in the kitchen.


The texture and appearance, when cooked, are not dissimilar to pulled pork, and shredded jackfruit can be used in cooking as a flavoursome meat-free option in a very similar way. Simply drain and rinse the jackfruit, and tear the fibrous chunks, before cooking in a sauce to create a satisfyingly hearty alternative to pulled pork or other vegan meat alternatives.


Jerk young Jackfruit with Spicy Kale, Rice and Peas


Jackfruit is an extremely healthy food, packed with valuable free radical fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins, and a natural source of minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Jackfruit is a great unprocessed addition to a balanced plant-based diet, and its high fibre content also helps maintain a healthy digestive system.


Essential’s Jackfruit has been ethically sourced and grown organically by long-term farming partners in Sri Lanka. Essential’s established partnership with Sri Lankan fruit growers has developed over the past 12 years, supporting a network of 3,000 growers, ensuring local communities are supported and the traditional rural landscape is protected from mass scale farming. The fruit is grown, prepared and canned by this sustainable project.

Don’t miss the Essential Trading stall M59 in the Main Marquee at VegfestUK Bristol on May 20-21 at the Amphitheatre – see floor plan here for location.

Get your advance tickets to the event here, join the Facebook event here and invite your friends to this fantastic festival, which will see around 180 stalls, 15 caterers, 5 bars, over 50 talks and cookery demos, kids activities and live acoustic music from 2 stages during the day, and live headline music during the evenings (feat. Robin S, Danny Rampling, Rozalla, Nicky Holloway on Saturday following by Dub Pistols, The Scribes and ZionRuts on Sunday).


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