You don’t need pro­tein pow­der to make the ul­ti­mate sum­mer smoothie By Kayleen Schae­fer

Bloomberg Businessweek (Asia) - - FOOD -

Fun fact: Jack­fruit is the world’s largest tree­borne fruit. And with 20 grams of pro­tein per half-pound, it’s a great re­place­ment for chalky-tast­ing pow­ders. Fla­vor­wise, the jack­fruit lives some­where be­tween mango and ba­nana— meaty but sweet. Plus, it’s packed with me­tab­o­lism-revving vi­ta­min B and muscle-sooth­ing potas­sium. New York’s Juice Gen­er­a­tion is blend­ing jack­fruit with chia seeds, frozen ba­nana, and young Thai co­conut water (plus op­tional agave syrup) in a drink it calls Trop­i­cal Jack­fruit ($10), avail­able in June. Juice Gen­er­a­tion founder Eric Helms says, “One of my store man­agers, from Bangladesh”—where jack­fruit is the na­tional fruit—“had been ask­ing me for years to use it in our stores. He fi­nally brought in a 10-pound jack­fruit for me to try, and its fla­vor and con­sis­tency blew me away.” <BW>

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