Although, breadfruit is a fruit, it is used more like a vegetable It has formed part of a staple diet in many tropical countries since 1700. It was brought to the West Indies by colonisers, namely the British.
The first attempt to take the 1,015 breadfruit tree specimens from Tahiti to the West Indies failed. There was a mutiny on board the HMS Bounty probably the most famous mutiny in history and breadfruit played the staring role. The second attempt was successful. By that I mean about 800 breadfruit trees were actually delivered on board the HMS Providence, however their taste was not to the liking of the workers
Breadfruit was originally imported to provide a cheap, high energy food source for the plantation workers. Many trees were planted in Jamaica adjacent to sugar plantations. The trees were fast growing and low maintenance and breadfruit is laden with carbohydrate which was useful to keep people working. However, the workers refused to eat it and so the plants were used to fed the pigs instead! It took 40 years until the breadfruit was accepted and eaten by the inhabitants of islands such as St Vincent and Jamaica. By this time the illegal trade of human life was officially abolished. It is this historical knowledge and the part that breadfruit played that prevented many elders from getting involved with breadfruit even to this day. But many more younger people love them.
Breadfruit are being touted as world's next superfood they are nutritious but have a high carbohydrate content, some fibre, potassium, phosphorus and calcium. This versatile fruit can be cooked in a number of ways, roasted, boiled, fried, made into porridge or a pudding, baked as a pie or processed and turned into flour. It is good pureed to make a nutritious baby food.
The only downside to this fruit that is used as a vegetable is its premium price. They are cheap to buy in the tropics but difficult to import to other climates as they are delicate and perishable. Picking them green, flying them to the UK and force ripening them isn't the answer, but that is what happens anyway!
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