The breadfruit tastes like potatoes and is baked like bread.
One of the more important foods of the people of the Pacific Islands is the breadfruit. The tree grows to about 40 to 60 feet tall and has large, shiny leaves. The male flower is rather like a small banana and the female flower grows into a round fruit which has a rough rind and a soft pulpy inside. It is usually baked when eaten but it may also be ground up, like flour, after it has been sliced and put out to dry. The inside bark of the tree is sometimes used for making cloth and the wood can be used for making furniture or even canoes.
In the 18th century breadfruit was introduced to the New World, and nowadays is grown in the West Indies and in tropical America.
The methods of preparing it have been recorded by explorers over the ages. According to one account, the pods of the plant are broken, moistened and left to ferment. Later the softened beans are made into cakes, mixed with snail's lime and powdered, to produce the snuff. When inhaled, this is said to induce a state like drunkenness, followed by wild excitement and hallucinations.