Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Breadfruit Trees/パンの木/麵包樹


"Breadfruit tree" sounds like some sort of joke, like a money tree or something, but it's a real thing.  I don't think it's well known in NYC (outside of Caribbean communities) because NYC is way, way too far north to grow breadfruit trees, but it's actually a major staple food in much of the tropical--especially insular--world.  I love these trees because they're so different from anything I'm familiar with from my own hometown.  The leaves are huge, and the fruits are these strange, yellow-to-orange bumpy, grotesque-looking things.

These trees were in the Tainan University campus.


Despite how often I see these trees in Taiwan, I have yet to come across any restaurants where they use the fruit in food.  I've also never seen them in supermarkets.  My guess is that the trees were introduced to Taiwan rather recently (perhaps during the Japanese period when the government was experimenting with many different tropical plants in Taiwan) and they've never caught on as a food source.


1 comment:

  1. Awesome. I love breadfruit, but I don't think I've seen it available anywhere I've been, outside of Hawaii.