The breadfruit tree or Ulu loves a hot climate and treasured by many islanders because of it's high yields, Some islanders have been known to survive purely by eating the bounty of the breadfruit tree no wonder they have legends about it.
The English heard of it's reputation and endeavoured to transport it to the Caribian. When water supplies went low the famous captain Bligh would take water away from his crew to ensure the survival of his breadfruit trees but the thirsty crew threw the breadfruit trees overboard along with Captain Bligh. Amazingly he survived.
Origins in SE Asia but now widespread across the Pacific Islands as a staple food. The flesh of this large green fruit is used in the same way as potato. Stores well when dried or frozen. The tree reaches 20m, requiring hot tropical areas. Not suitable for temperate climates.
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You should be able to grow it easily, as my aunt has grown a big one in north coast NSW. keep it well mulch,it does like a lot of waterin 1st year, but adequate drainage as most plants. once it is established, very hard to kill. grown from root sucker. | Michael C - Townsville, QLD 23-Jul-2008
I know this will sound strange, but I've discovered breadfruit trees are very likely to grow strong and productive if you nourish the soil prior to the growing with a sufficient amount of calcium. | Aleksi Avayachada - Nashua, NH 27-Feb-2009
My favorite way to eat it is while still green. Coat knife, board and hands with oil then slice off skin. Cut out the middle seed and chop into chunks. put in pressure cooker with water/salt, cook for 15 minutes. Add coconut butter and pepper- Deelicios | April Fountain - Pahoa, HAWAI 05-Jul-2009
Fried like green plantain. Delicious! Wish I could order some. None in miami | Jackie Bird - Miami, FL 28-Aug-2009
As a child Breadfruit was my life savior. I used to eat it boil and roast but my favorite is roast. How do you make a roast Breadfruit meal? Well, very simple, all you have to do is to make a fire and place the breadfruit on it and let it roast(30-40min). | Desmond Tomlinson - Port St Lucie, FL 24-Nov-2009
Breadfruit tastes the best Trini style when cooked down with pig tail, coconut milk,hot pepper and various seasonings. | C Francis - Queens, NY 16-Jul-2010
I have heard it is fine to eat raw. Also UQ website says some large trees are growing in temperate Brisbane. | Laura Yael - Brisbane, QLD 28-Aug-2010
This is a great fruit. You can make curry with this like how you make beef curry. and also you can cut it into small pieces after removing the outer skin then put them in a pan in reduced heat put some shreded cocont and few chillies, salt to tast. Eat it | Dennis - Parramatta, NSW 19-Jan-2011
It is a tree that grows very well here, My parents transmmited the preparation of many dishes from one gereration to another, They are descendants from Cayman Island to Corn Island in NIcaragua, they used the fruit as parriage with milk to feed us babie | Ethel Cuthbert - Costa Rica, Sarapiqui, C.R 10-Dec-2011
Breadfruit has a very acquired taste.Many first time triers say it tastes of roast cat. | Cicero Big Ears - Toronto, NJ 23-Jan-2013
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