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UK-Based Portal ‘Discovers’ Jackfruit But Calls It “Ugly and Smelly” & Asians Find It Racist AF

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Article by UK-Based Portal Calling Jackfruit An "Ugly, Smelly, & Unharvested Pest-Plant" Goes Viral & Asians Are Not Having It - WORLD OF BUZZ 2
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Jackfruit is definitely considered a staple in the South Asian and Southeast Asian regions for centuries.

However, UK-based news portal, The Guardian, recently came under fire after its recently-published article, “Jackfruit is a vegan sensation – could I make it taste delicious at home?” went viral over the weekend. 

The article was about how the fruit recently became a popular ingredient in western vegan cuisine, ignoring the fact that it’s one of the biggest delicacies in Asian countries. The article’s introduction was also among some of the reasons it raised a lot of eyebrows, as it basically erased the fact that Jackfruit is a popular delicacy. It instead illustrated that Jackfruit was an underappreciated food source in Asia. An excerpt from it reads,

“Five years ago, jackfruit was just a spectacularly ugly, smelly, unfarmed, unharvested pest-plant native to India.”

“Some people ate it, but only if they had nothing better to eat.”

The article then went on to suggest three ways Jackfruit could be consumed — “stewed, pulled Jackfruit”, Jackfruit burger patties, and a “Jackfruit base mulch” used for tacos.  

UK-Based Portal Calls Jackfruit "Ugly, Smelly, & Unharvested Pest-Plant" & Asians Are Not Having It - WORLD OF BUZZ

Pulled Jackfruit Sandwich | Source: Trader Joe’s

UK-Based Portal Calls Jackfruit "Ugly, Smelly, & Unharvested Pest-Plant" & Asians Are Not Having It - WORLD OF BUZZ 1

Jackfruit Tacos | Source: Ordinary Vegan

As many of us are aware, Jackfruit being referred to as an “unfarmed and unharvested pest-plant” is far from the truth. In fact, this fruit is a delicacy that Asians have been enjoying for thousands of years in a variety of styles and is a popular ingredient used in curries and desserts.

Malaysians, as well as other netizens from all over Asia, were outraged over the ignorance displayed in the article and began voicing their thoughts on Twitter.

Many of them pointed out that Jackfruit has always been popular in Asia and were insulted that the writer was treating the fruit as a brand new food trend after Western vegan culinary experts began incorporating it into their dishes just a few years ago.

Want to check out The Guardian’s viral article for yourself? You can read the entire piece here

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Article by UK-Based Portal Calling Jackfruit An "Ugly, Smelly, & Unharvested Pest-Plant" Goes Viral & Asians Are Not Having It - WORLD OF BUZZ

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