Breadfruit- At Long Last Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

When prepared just right, I’m here to tell you breadfruit  is one of the most delicious foods on earth. You can tell that it’s, especially from St. Thomas or yellow heart as they are called is one of my favorite foods from Jamaica. When it is just firm enough to eat, it is more like a bread, starchy and dry – hence the name Breadfruit. Let me ask you what’s more savory than a hot slice with butter- mouthwatering.

peeled roasted breadfruitWhatever you can do with a potato (almost everything), you can do with a firm mature breadfruit.  It can be roasted,
baked, boiled, steamed, mashed and much more. It can also be eaten in the early stages of growth and in the riper stage which is sweeter and moist. Its gluten free, packed with protein, and rich in vitamin B and fiber

Back in 2014 the media was in enthralled with Breadfruit. The Daily Mail, Huffington and the New Scientist all called it “a wonder food.” Is breadfruit the “wonder food” as touted by the press last year?  Yes! Yes! Yes it is.

breadfruit treeBecause a single tree can yield around 200 fruits a year.  Some think and say that breadfruit can feed the world; while, others see it’s flour as a gluten-free alternative to regular flour. According to the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, medical researchers are fascinated by its potential chemopreventive capabilities which translate to mean that breadfruit reduces inflammation in mice. The sticky substance produce from the trees can be used as caulk or glue. Its wood is quite insusceptible to termites, and burning breadfruit leaves creates an ideal mosquito repellent.

 

Today, breadfruit is putty in the hands of chefs throughout the Caribbean. In Trinidad they make a breadfruit pumpkin soup and in Tobago they love a breadfruit pie.The Ministry of Agriculture provides recipes for a smoothie and croquettes,  I could go on and on with the different recipes for breadfruit, but for me a roasted Jamaican breadfruit yellow heart hot of the fire is the best way to enjoy it.

roast breadfruit