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Breadfruit – Yep, Tastes Just Like Bread

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Breadfruit is grown in regions like Micronesia, Hawaii, Florida, Caribbean, Western Pacific islands and the Malay Peninsula. It is one of the highest producing food plants in the world. A single tree (roughly 85 feet tall) can produce up to 150 or even more fruits per season from 50-100 years. It is closely related to the “breadnut” as well as to the jackfruit, which makes total sense because at first glance they look similar. Another great perk to this tropical treat is that it can be enjoyed throughout all stages of maturity and ripeness. We will talk more about that below.

breadfruit growing on a tree in an orchard

It is green at first, turning yellowish-green as it develops and finally turns yellow or yellow-brown when ripe and can be seedless, depending upon the variety.


Breadfruit trees are monoecious, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs. Both male and female flowers grow on these trees. The male flowers arise first on the breadfruit trees, followed by female ones. The resulting fruit is round to oval, 6” – 8” long and about 8” across. The skin is thin and green, gradually ripening into more of a pale green or yellow with some reddish-brown areas and mottled with irregular polygon-shaped bumps. They can weigh as much as twelve pounds.


Uses of the Whole Breadfruit

breadfruit growing on a treeEvery part of the breadfruit tree, fruit included, contains sap… just like jackfruit. If you are harvesting ripe breadfruit, there is a trick in reducing this sticky sap which loves to gum up everything it comes in contact with. Cut the stem and lay it stem side down on the newspaper. Let it rest.  The sap will be drawn out and away from the fruit, making it easier to deal with.

Under-Ripe Breadfruit

Ripe Breadfruit

Breadfruit Tree

Wood – Tree Trunk


Wood Pulp


Young Tree Buds

Male Flower

The Seeds

Health Benefits of Breadfruit


2 thoughts on “Breadfruit – Yep, Tastes Just Like Bread

  1. Carol says:

    Hi amie sue
    How interesting to read this article on the breadfruit. I spent 17 of my young years in the Jamaica and this was part of my staple diet. Yes, the trees
    Do bear heavily in season but we never had breadfruit raw. If it was underripe it was boiled with other starcy food or more commonly an ingredient in meat or vegetable soups, or a favourite with the national dish, ackee and saltfish. When half ripe “turned” it would be roasted on an open fire on the ground or even on the gas stove with bits of charcoal falling off! These days many urban folk roast theirs in the oven. It can then be sliced and eaten as is, but I love mine roasted and then fried on both sides soo delicious. I would be interested to see how this could be had in its raw state as when its very raw its normally fed to the pigs as it can be quite mushy! Now that I live in London finding a breadfruit is an expensive luxury, nevermind finding enough to turn into flour. Interesting thoughts.
    Have a lovely day.

    Carol xx

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Carol… how fun that you grew up around these fruit trees. I have only had one experience with them while visiting Hawaii. When I bought it from Whole Foods, they assured me it was great raw when really ripe. I took his word. I bought, took it home and blended it to a pudding. That’s the only way I have had it. Thanks for sharing your experience with them… I just find it all fascinating! Have a wonderful day, amie sue :)

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