Jackfruit, Buddha bowls and empanadas are among the top 10 foods predicted to trend in 2017 according to Pinterest.

After looking at some of the year’s most popular pins and what influencers were pinning in 2016, the social media platform released their picks for the top foods to try in 2017.

At the top of the list is jackfruit, the largest tree-borne fruit that saw a 420% rise in interest among Pinterest users, thanks in large part to the vegan and vegetarian community which discovered its use as a convincing meat substitute.

The national fruit of Bangladesh, young unripened jackfruit has become a popular meat-free stand-in for shredded beef, thanks to its texture.

Pinterest searches for jackfruit call up several recipes like vegan nachos, Korean bulgogi barbecue and even ribs.

A popular dish among Malaysians is gulai nangka masak lemak or young jackfruit curry.

The gulai nangka masak lemak is a rich gravy-type dish made from young jackfruit, fresh tumeric leaves, lemongrass, as well as a paste comprising a mix of onion, ginger, lengkuas, chilli padi, shallots and fresh tumeric.

The gulai nangka masak lemak is a rich gravy-type dish. Photo: The Star/Glenn Guan

The fruit is also a good source of vitamin C, while its seeds are rich in protein, potassium, calcium and iron, and it has been hailed as a “miracle food crop” that could help offset global food insecurities.

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Other trending foods for 2017 include the ever-popular virtuous, plant-based Buddha bowl – typically made with quinoa, avocados, sweet potatoes and grilled vegetables – and clean-eating chips (chips made from healthy vegetables like kale and sweet potato that are baked instead of fried).

Here are the 10 food trends to try in 2017, according to Pinterest:

Clean-eating chips
Buddha Bowls

The chopped up live octopus is squeamish to some people but a delight to others who have no qualms or fear about eating wriggling tentacles!

Pieces of live octopus. Photo: The Star/Kamarul Ariffin

Craft Beer
Naan pizza
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