Breadfruit is used widely in Caribbean cuisine to make both savory and sweet dishes. Throughout the Caribbean one can find many breadfruit trees. Breadfruit was brought to the Caribbean during the colonial era by Captain Bligh on behalf of the plantation owners who wanted to find a cheap but filing type of food to feed the slaves. See more on Origin & Distribution here. It is said, one of the trees now growing in Kingstown’s ( St. Vincent ) Botanical Gardens is a descendant of one of his original breadfruit plants.

Sometimes round and sometimes oval, this starchy fruit has a rough green skin with a pale yellow flesh or white flesh depending on the kind you get. When shopping, always ask the vendor if it is yellow-meat breadfruit or white-meat breadfruit. Both taste the same but the yellow-meat breadfruit is creamier when cooked and a little sweeter when ripe.

Eaten in a variety of ways, breadfruit can also be made into a flour. Breadfruit flour is much sought after by those looking for gluten-free products.

Like the banana and plantain, Breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or under-ripe as a vegetable. Methods of preparation vary by country and region. Breadfruit can be cooked and eaten at all stages of growth. The mature fruits are most commonly eaten when mature but still firm and can be boiled, steamed, fried or baked.

Breadfruit Facts

  • Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a tropical tree, related to figs and Jackfruit
  • Reliable, low-maintenance and highly productive source of food in tropical regions
  • Yields high-quality, gluten-free carbohydrates
  • Plants start bearing fruit 2-3 years after planting, remain productive for decades
  • Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
  • High in Vitamin C, Dietary Fiber and Potassium
Nutrition Facts

Amount Per 100 grams
Calories 103
% Daily Value*
Total fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Potassium 490 mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 27 g 9%
Dietary fiber 4.9 g 19%
Sugar 11 g
Protein 1.1 g 2%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 48%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
Vitamin B-6 5% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 6%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

For those into body building, Breadfruit is a very viable choice for a good source of carbs but the problem with this is that people need to experiment with recipes to find what works with their tastes as the fruit is said to have a bland taste. If anyone has links or their own recipes please share in the comments below!


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