Bread­fruit: Nei­ther bread-like nor fruit-like!

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - NIBBLES -

Some of the most spec­tac­u­lar trees you will see on the is­land around late sum­mer are bread­fruit trees, with their huge hand-shaped leaves and foot­ball sized-green “fruit.” Ac­cord­ing to popular his­tory, bread­fruit was brought to the Caribbean dur­ing the colo­nial era by Cap­tain Bligh, on be­half of the plan­ta­tion own­ers who wanted to find a cheap but filling type of food to feed the slaves.

Some­times round and some­times oval, this starchy fruit has a rough green skin with a pale yel­low flesh or white flesh de­pend­ing on the type. Eaten in a va­ri­ety of ways, bread­fruit can also be made into a flour which is much sought after by those look­ing for gluten-free prod­ucts.

The bread­fruit is an ex­cel­lent source of potas­sium, car­bo­hy­drate and fi­bre.

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