What is the breadfruit ?

Breadfruit is fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to freshly baked bread.

Breadfruit is one of the highest-yielding food plants, with a single tree producing up to 200 or more grapefruit-sized fruits per season, and only requires very limited care.

Breadfruit is a staple food in many tropical regions.

Breadfruit is very rich in starch, and is cooked before consumption.

It can be roasted, baked, fried or boiled.

When cooked, the taste of moderately ripe breadfruit is described as potato-like, or similar to freshly baked bread.

As the breadfruit ripens it becomes sweet, as the starch converts to sugar.

Breadfruit can be made into curries, chilies, fritters, desserts,

The nutrients found in breadfruit include carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber, fat and protein.

It also has vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E and K.

It also contains minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

The wood of the breadfruit tree is lightweight and resistant to termites and ship worms.

It is commonly used as timber for structures and outrigger canoes.

The wood pulp of the breadfruit tree is also be used to make paper, called breadfruit tapa.

The wood pulp is used to treat illnesses that range from sore eyes to sciatica.


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