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Who is Upton’s Naturals?
Since 2006, Chicago-based Upton's Naturals has been committed to making delicious varieties of seitan using real, simple ingredients. A vegan-owned company, owner and president Daniel Staackmann hopes that by cooking with Upton’s Naturals, more people will see how easy it is to be vegan—and that it's not about just eating salads. (However, it's important to eat salads too!)
What is Seitan?
Pronounced "say-tan," Seitan is a traditional Japanese food made by rinsing the starch away from wheat and retaining the protein. With an impressively meat-like texture and robust flavor, Seitan is both high in protein and low in fat without the cholesterol associated with meat.
What is Jackfruit?
Native to Southeast Asia, Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world and is capable of reaching up to 100 pounds! With a spiky exterior and fibrous interior, the fruit's varying stages of maturity yield both different textures and flavors.
Young, green Jackfruit is typically used in savory cuisine, as the flesh has yet to develop a sweet flavor and thus can be seasoned more easily. At this stage, the cooked fruit's texture is similar to that of shredded meat, which makes it an ideal meat substitute. All of the different Jackfruit varieties offered by Upton's Naturals are made from this type of fruit.
Mature, ripe Jackfruit has a flavor that can be described as sweet, like a combination of pineapple and mango. As the fruit creates its own natural latex, the interior is sticky and resinous. It is best to remove the hardened core of the fruit and then cut away the white strands surrounding the dark yellow, edible pod. The pod will also contain a seed, which can be boiled until soft, peeled, and eaten like a roasted nut or boiled potato.
So, it's fake meat?
At Upton’s Naturals we like to think of our vegan products as real food; a real alternative to meat, made from real ingredients.
How should I store my Upton's Naturals products?
Seitan and Burgers: Keep refrigerated and use within 5 days of opening the package or by the best by date on the box. You can also store in the freezer for up to one year!
Jackfruit: Jackfruit can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature (yep, it's shelf stable!) until the best by date on the box. Store any leftovers in a refrigerator and use within 5 days of opening!
Will Upton’s Naturals participate in my event or send donations to my group?
Throughout the year, we work with organizations on fundraisers and events all over the United States. While we do everything we can, we simply can’t do everything. If you're interested in having us sponsor, exhibit, or make a donation to your event, please send an email with details.
Can Jackfruit be part of a PKU-friendly diet?
Absolutely! Most Upton's Naturals Jackfruit products are less than 2g of protein per serving, making them an excellent meat alternative for those on a PKU diet. Plus, Upton's Naturals collaborates with How Much Phe (howmuchphe.org) to provide a phenylalanine count for each Jackfruit product, making tracking easy.
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