The Joys of Breadfruit


Steamed breadfruit, smoked herring sauce, avocado

Mmmm breadfruit. It really borders on the obscene how much I love this thing… Every time one comes our way I make a promise that I will photograph it properly, as well as its preparation. Inevitably something always comes up that prevents me from getting those key initial photos.

Fortunately this time around I was able to get a few more shots before the fruit was completely eaten up :D This time around my mom steamed the breadfruit (a yellow heart jackfruit as she called it). We enjoyed it, as shown above, with a smoked herring sauce that my father prepared and slices of avocado… So simple but what a medley of flavours!

The next day I sliced some of the leftover wedges of breadfruit into fairly thick chunks and fried em :) (shown below). Roasted breadfruit chips are sublime but truth be told I don’t think I could tell you what my favourite way to enjoy breadfruit is, they’re all so good. What are your faves? :)

From Wikipedia:
Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a tree and fruit native to the Malay Peninsula and western Pacific islands. It has also been widely planted in tropical regions elsewhere. It was collected and distributed by Lieutenant William Bligh as one of the botanical samples collected by HMS Bounty in the late 18th century, on a quest for a cheap high-energy food source for British slaves in the West Indies.


Breadfruit
Steamed breadfruit(left), Fried Breadfruit chips (right)

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  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Despite my area being a haven of Caribbean and South-Asian culture, I’ve never tried breadfruit before. What’s it like taste and texture-wise?

  • http://www.aidanbrooks.blogspot.com Trig

    Despite my area being a haven of Caribbean and South-Asian culture, I’ve never tried breadfruit before. What’s it like taste and texture-wise?

  • http://www.tastesofguyana.blogspot.com Cynthia

    I think bradfruit is a Caribbean favourite. I can imagine how good it was with the smoked herring!

  • http://www.tastesofguyana.blogspot.com Cynthia

    I think bradfruit is a Caribbean favourite. I can imagine how good it was with the smoked herring!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Trig – the nearest comparison I can think of is a mild, creamy potato… and yet that also falls short because the flavour is not as distinctive as potato and much more creamy :)

    Cynthia – it was soooo good :D i think i’ve become a smoked herring convert :D my family have been trying it on me for years hehehe :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Trig – the nearest comparison I can think of is a mild, creamy potato… and yet that also falls short because the flavour is not as distinctive as potato and much more creamy :)

    Cynthia – it was soooo good :D i think i’ve become a smoked herring convert :D my family have been trying it on me for years hehehe :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    loooove breadfruit in all manner of serving
    but don’t think I have been converted to the smoke herring thing…
    first picture is really nice :-)

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    loooove breadfruit in all manner of serving
    but don’t think I have been converted to the smoke herring thing…
    first picture is really nice :-)

  • http://brunsli.blogspot.com/ Brunsli

    When I saw your post title in my bloglines, I thought — what??? (My husband’s nickname is Breadfruit.)

    Yumm! Breadfruit is great. I like it roasted best.

  • http://brunsli.blogspot.com/ Brunsli

    When I saw your post title in my bloglines, I thought — what??? (My husband’s nickname is Breadfruit.)

    Yumm! Breadfruit is great. I like it roasted best.

  • http://brunsli.blogspot.com/ Brunsli

    I forgot to mention — I agree with Chennette — the first photo is a wonderful food photo shot. Now I’m hungry!

    As for Trig, “my Breadfruit” loves it because it reminds him of the taste and texture of chestnuts, his regional comfort food.

  • http://brunsli.blogspot.com/ Brunsli

    I forgot to mention — I agree with Chennette — the first photo is a wonderful food photo shot. Now I’m hungry!

    As for Trig, “my Breadfruit” loves it because it reminds him of the taste and texture of chestnuts, his regional comfort food.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette …. try it with the breadfruit.. try it lolz :D

    Brunsli – hahaha :D sorry about the breadfruit overlap haha that must have been a jolt :D always wanted to try chestnuts :D one day !! :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Chennette …. try it with the breadfruit.. try it lolz :D

    Brunsli – hahaha :D sorry about the breadfruit overlap haha that must have been a jolt :D always wanted to try chestnuts :D one day !! :D

  • http://www.GoodLuckDeluxe.com Tara

    Hey Sarina,

    My first thought was, “What does it TASTE like?” It looks like a sponge!

    Thanks for giving us a description.

    You know me – I’m game for anything food-related. :-D

  • http://www.GoodLuckDeluxe.com Tara

    Hey Sarina,

    My first thought was, “What does it TASTE like?” It looks like a sponge!

    Thanks for giving us a description.

    You know me – I’m game for anything food-related. :-D

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    I’d love to taste breadfruit, but here, I don’t know where to find any… It looks delicious and very interesting!

  • http://www.rosas-yummy-yums.blogspot.com Rosa

    I’d love to taste breadfruit, but here, I don’t know where to find any… It looks delicious and very interesting!

  • Deb

    OMG – went to the caribbean for 2 weeks and had breadfruit EVERY SINGLE DAY – Its the best starch ever – I live in Florida and thought perhaps to grow a tree (my parents lol – stating they’ve never seen a baby breadfruit tree) – Ode to breadfruit, I love it in every way – fry it, bake it, put it in a pie….

  • Deb

    OMG – went to the caribbean for 2 weeks and had breadfruit EVERY SINGLE DAY – Its the best starch ever – I live in Florida and thought perhaps to grow a tree (my parents lol – stating they’ve never seen a baby breadfruit tree) – Ode to breadfruit, I love it in every way – fry it, bake it, put it in a pie….

  • http://caribbeangarden.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    Great post, Sarina. I also love breadfruit, esp chips, stuffed and roasted, oil down and breadfruit pie.
    For those unfamiliar, you can use breadfruit any way you would use potatoes-in Dominica they make a lot of breadfruit salad exactly like potato salad except you use cubes of boiled breadfruit instead of potatoes.

  • http://caribbeangarden.blogspot.com/ Nicole

    Great post, Sarina. I also love breadfruit, esp chips, stuffed and roasted, oil down and breadfruit pie.
    For those unfamiliar, you can use breadfruit any way you would use potatoes-in Dominica they make a lot of breadfruit salad exactly like potato salad except you use cubes of boiled breadfruit instead of potatoes.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    WOW breadfruit salad… that sounds amazing!! :)

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    WOW breadfruit salad… that sounds amazing!! :)

  • Monfisch

    They grow all over here in Hawaii. Polynesians had this as a staple food. I like them fried… but I like the idea of a sauce on them.

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