Sorry it's been over a month and this is all I have to show you for now.
I had never heard of breadfruit before arriving in Jamaica; however, my father told me that it has an interesting place in the history of West Indian slave trading. Go figure.
The tree itself is not native to Jamaica, but was carried here from Africa. There are a few different varieties, some of which grow in Florida. Almost all of the varieties have to be cooked before they're edible. My favorite way to eat it is roasted. The fruit is loaded with nutrients and has been claimed to be the solution to hunger in places such as Africa.
The fruit itself is light, spongy, dry, and fibrous when roasted. It goes well as a side to almost anything. Yesterday I had it with curry chicken and pok choi. I tried it once with peanut butter, but it was way too dry to be palatable. Jamaicans have done amazing things with breadfruit, including making a flour from it. There was even a breadfruit festival in St. Mary a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend.
|game: how many breadfruits can you spy?|
The following are a series of pictures in which my training host mother roasted breadfruit.
Without further adieu:
|fruit on the tree|
|ripe breadfruit, ready to face it's doom|
|making ready to set the fire|
|Mrs. Collins preparing the fire|
|don't tell the environment sector we're using gasoline|
|and on she goes!|
|must rotate about every 20 minutes|
|directions: roast the living daylights out of it|
|finally done roasting|
|don't eat the peel or the pit, but enjoy the rest!|