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What is Breadfruit?

what is breadfruit

Do you find yourself buying the same things over and over again every time you go to the grocery store? Because of this, do you find yourself cooking the same meals and having the same snacks week in and week out? If you find yourself answering yes to these questions then I think it’s time to add some new and exciting foods into your everyday life. This will keep your grocery shopping sessions exciting as well as your time spent in the kitchen. The food I am going to be introducing to you today is breadfruit. What is breadfruit? I didn’t know for a long time myself, but now I am going to share with you everything I learned regarding the breadfruit definition. Right off the bat, your first question might be, is it really a fruit? We’ll get into that later on.

Where Does Breadfruit Come From?

So what is this fruit and where does it come from? This food commonly comes from and grows in Southeast Asia as well as the Pacific Islands. Also known as canoe plants, it grows on large trees that can reach up to a height of 26 meters, and yes, what grows on these trees is in fact considered fruit. These trees are very low maintenance and can produce up to 200 fruits in one season allowing it to fall under the category of a high-yielding food plant. Breadfruit has taken quite the journey, originating in New Guinea but now existing in around 90 different countries. These countries can be found throughout South and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa. Another ‘where’ we can cover is where it gets its name from. The name breadfruit simply comes from the flavor of the food. When cooked, this starchy fruit tastes like freshly baked bread. Because of its more savory profile, it is used more like a vegetable. We will talk more about the ‘how’ later on.

When Is It Good to Eat Breadfruit?

cut breadfruit vegan guide

So now that we know where breadfruit comes from, when is the best time to purchase it? Or rather, when is breadfruit ripe? Breadfruit season occurs at various different times depending on where geographically speaking, it is growing. Breadfruit takes around three months to ripen before it is picked and ends up in the produce section at your local supermarket. So when is breadfruit good for you to eat? You will know the breadfruit is unripe if the skin of the fruit is still bright green in color, the fruit is ready when its skin begins to brown. Although the skin will be browning, you still want your breadfruit to be fairly firm to the touch. The more ripe the breadfruit, the softer the fruit will be, therefore the sweeter the fruit will be. Breadfruits can be used and cooked at various stages of its life therefore you can pick breadfruits at the ripeness of your choosing.

Health Benefits

With the where and the when out of the way, we can focus more on the why of this fruit. What are the breadfruit benefits? Is breadfruit healthy? What is its nutritional value? People eat it not only for its interesting yet delicious flavor, but they eat it for its health benefits. It is known to contain high amounts of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium as well as ß-carotene and lutein which can both be found in white potatoes. Breadfruit also contains a healthy amount of fiber which is very important in all diets. After covering the nutritional value of breadfruit, I think it’s time to conquer the ‘how’. Let’s go!

How to Cook?

breadfruit vegan fried dish

So now that we know all of these fun and interesting facts about breadfruit you’re probably wondering, “But what is breadfruit used for?”. Due to its similar taste to both bread and at times potatoes, I mentioned that this fruit is more similarly cooked the way vegetables are cooked. Used in savory dishes rather than sweet, you can utilize breadfruit in a myriad of recipes. Some of these recipes might include simple garlic and oil sautéed breadfruit, coconut milk mashed breadfruit, coconut curries with it, and even fries. This fruit is extremely versatile therefore can work in and be swapped into various dishes.

There You Have It

So there you have it, new food to purchase at your next grocery shop and try out in the kitchen. Who knows, maybe breadfruit will be your new favorite food. This fruit may not be easy to find at your local supermarket as it has a far way to travel if you are currently living in North America. That being said, if you are able to find it, don’t miss out on your chance to explore what is new and exciting food for you and your family. Trying new things can be scary, but sometimes the best things come from implementing small changes into our lives. Adding breadfruits into your life will not only be adding excitement into your life but will also be adding health into your life. No one ever got hurt from adding a little more plant-based meals into their lifestyle, and that’s a fact! So, I wish you the best of luck on your journey to discovering breadfruits and all the good things that come along with it.

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