All About Breadfruit - What is Breadfruit, How to Grow Breadfruit and How to Prepare Breadfruit

Breadfruit is an Unusual Fruit for People in Cooler Climates

I live in a very internationally mixed area, with many ethnic food markets and grocers. Here in London, we see foods which people in other areas might never have the opportunity to try. Breadfruit is one such food.

This is What a Slice of Breadfruit Looks Like

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I bought a piece of breadfruit for the first time on September 29th 2012

There it is in the picture, the actual piece that I bought, and it cost just £1.00 (the equivalent of approximately $1.50 at the time, but now, a few days after Brexit, sadly about $1.25 ); I thought I would risk this minor investment, as I had been meaning to see what breadfruit was like for ages.

Before my purchase, I asked a knowledgeable-looking woman at the market how you cook it, and she said "peel it, cut it up and boil it like a potato"....so why not use potato? Breadfruit is more expensive than potatoes, but in the interests of science, I bought it, took it home, photographed it and went straight on to the internet to find out more about it, and in particular, how to cook it. As I don't like boiled potato, I thought I would try something more adventurous. This web page is the result of my research.

The Breadfruit Tree

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Breadfruit trees

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Where does Breadfruit Grow, Where Does Breadfruit Come From, and How Does it Grow?

The breadfruit tree (Artocarpus altilis), so-called because of its favour and texture, or from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands and belongs to the mulberry and fig family, Moraceae. It grows easily in tropical regions and bears fruit after 3 - 5 years.

The Breadfruit tree grows to a height of 85 feet (26 m) and bears large pinnate leaves. All parts of the tree exude latex, a white juice, which is used for boat caulking, construction materials, medicine, fabric, glue, insect repellent, animal feed, and more. The fruit is a valuable source of carbohydrate, dietary fibre, calcium, potassium, and magnesium and smaller amounts of riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and iron.

A single breadfruit tree can produce between 25 to 200 fruits in one season. Propagation is usually by root cuttings or shoots rather than by seeds.

Here's a Video - How to Peel and Core a Breadfruit For Cooking - You will see what it looks like and how big it is

Quick and Easy Recipe for Breadfruit Curry

The recipe below is quite simple, and would be suitable for a beginner. The herbs and spices are things you would find in the cupboard of anyone who likes curry - nothing special, just the usual basics.

If you haven't got fresh ginger, garlic or coriander, just use the powdered or bottled equivalents, which are readily available everywhere these days. If you haven't got the other spices, just use curry powder or curry paste, not too strong.

And for heat, if you haven't got green chillies, just improvise with chilli powder or seeds, or even chilli sauce. Don't be heavy-handed with the chilli - just be careful, and, especially if children will be eating it, don't make the Breadfruit Curry too hot (which is easily done if you are not used to using Chilli).

Saucepan full of Breadfruit Curry Ready to be Served

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Rating for Breadfruit Curry Recipe

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Cook Time for Breadfruit Curry

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 5 people a small portion as a side dish
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Equipment


When making Breadfruit Curry, you will need:

  • a Cooking Pan
  • a Sharp Kitchen Knife
  • a Cutting Board
  • a Mixing Spoon


Ingredients for Quick and Easy Breadfruit Curry

  • 1 Medium-sized Onion, Peeled and chopped
  • 1.5 lbs (0.75 kilos) Breadfruit, Peeled and cored
  • 1 tin Coconut Milk
  • Half teaspoon Turmeric (Haldi)
  • 0.75 ins. Fresh Ginger, Peeled and crushed
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Peeled and crushed
  • Small amount to taste Green Chillies, Chopped
  • Half teaspoon Cumin Powder (Jeera)
  • Half teaspoon Coriander Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 pod or a few seeds Cardoman
  • Quarter teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • To Taste Salt
  • Half teaspoon Sugar
  • Heaped teaspoon Fresh Coriander Leaves, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (or other cooking oil)

Instructions for Quick and Easy Breadfruit Curry

  1. Cut the breadfruit into small slices or cubes and chop the onions.
  2. Fry the chopped onions gently (medium heat) in a large saucepan, using all the oil, and adding all the herbs and spices except for the fresh coriander. The onion should be cooked until soft and translucent, not burnt or crispy
  3. When the onion is partially cooked, add the breadfruit and stir the mixture so that the breadfruit is evenly coated with the herbs and spices. Let it fry gently for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring every now and then to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
  4. Add half a cup of hot water and continue cooking and stirring. Don't let it dry out completely, and add half a cup more water after a few minutes to keep it moist and steaming. The breadfruit will gradually soften after it has been cooking for about 15 minutes, and most of the water will evaporate, leaving just a soft mixture at the bottom of the pan. You can test whether the breadfruit is soft by tasting it or squashing it. If the breadfruit is not soft enough, cook for 3 or 4 minutes longer.
  5. Add the tin of coconut milk and the fresh chopped coriander and bring to the boil, stirring well. Simmer gently for a minute or two
  6. Then serve the breadfruit curry as a side dish together with rice and the main meat or vegetable dish.

Now Here's a Recipe for Roast Breadfruit

Roast  Breadfruit
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Quick and Easy Roast Breadfruit Recipe

You can roast Breadfruit in the oven just like you would roast potatoes.

Method:

  • Cut the Breadfruit into small slices or chunks and boil them in a saucepan for 10 - 15 minutes to partially cook them.
  • Then drain the breadfruit and put them on a baking tray. Pour a little olive oil on them and then turn them over so that they are completely covered in the cooking oil. Sprinkle them with a little salt.
  • Cook them in a medium-heated oven (gas Mark 6) for about half an hour, until they are golden brown and slightly crispy.
  • Then serve as an accompaniment in a similar way to roast potatoes.

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Take This Poll About Breadfruit

After reading this page, will you try breadfruit for yourself?

  • I use breadfruit already
  • I will definitely try breadfruit, now that I know a bit more about it
  • It has made me more likely to try breadfruit
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Comments 14 comments

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creativelycc 4 years ago from Maine

Great hub! When I lived in Puerto Rico, my family and I ate this all the time. It's called Pana in Spanish and it is delicious!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I have never heard of breadfruit! I' m not sure we can even grow it here in the U..S, interestig Hub, though.


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Lita C. Malicdem 4 years ago from Philippines

Down here in the Philippines, the breadfruit tree is named locally as Kolo or Rimas. It is usually cut in big slices, ( the peeling included as it is also edible), boil in coconut milk with sugar to taste, or with plain salt. You can also cut it into small pieces and cook in coconut milk stirring it constantly until it thickens, then add sugar. It's a good snack treat for adults but not for the choosy kids. I don't like the ripened breadfruit because of its sweet smell. I'll try that recipe of yours, Diana, it sounds yummy!


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London Author

During my research, I found that breadfruit does grow in the more tropical parts of the world, and it is now produced in Africa and the Caribbean. Apparently Captain Bligh was instrumental in spreading the plant to other parts of the world, as it seems to have originated in Polynesia.


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Georgina_writes 4 years ago from Dartmoor

Great hub. I've never eaten breadfruit.


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WhiteOak 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow, I have seen or have never heard of Breadfruit. The recipe sounds interesting. Good Work.


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Lady Lorelei 19 months ago from Canada

Very interesting. I had no idea this fruit existed. The slice you bought looks much like an apple so I was surprised when you said that it was to be cooked. I'll have to peek at the exotic food section of our grocery and see if it is available in my neck of the woods.


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany

Very interesting and informative hub. I have not heard about this breadfruit. I don´t think I have seen this either. Thanks for the heads up.


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Diana Grant 18 months ago from London Author

I think it shou

ld be available. It's very easy to grow in the UK


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Diana Grant 18 months ago from London Author

In London we can get virtually any exotic fruit or vegetable because we are so cosmopolitan - it's wonderful and one of the things I really like about London.


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Georgina_writes 18 months ago from Dartmoor

I know I've read your hub and commented before, but this is such a good hub. I still haven't managed to try breadfruit. Just can't find it in Devon! I love the guy's video.


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Diana Grant 17 months ago from London Author

Yes, the trouble is that if you do ever visit London, or another city with an ethnic mix where grocers find it worthwhile to sell breadfruit, you will be concentrating on other things, and not shopping for unusual greengroceries!


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newbizmau 5 months ago from Mobile, AL

I like curry, more like love it especially Indian curries. That would be the one I'd try.


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Diana Grant 3 months ago from London Author

Me too

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