Breadfruit: Neither bread-like nor fruit-like!
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.