I have admired a beautiful tree in our neighborhood for quite some time now. A while ago, it started making some sort of fruit. I started to wonder if it was a breadfruit. A bit of research told me that yes indeed, it’s a breadfruit tree and a bit more research led me to many recipes for breadfruit. I asked my neighbor when the fruit is ready to eat, and she told me when it falls on the ground. I kept watch on it until there was fruit on the ground but what I found was a mushy mess, nothing that looked like something good to eat. So, she went with me one day and I learned it is not the fruit, but the seeds/nuts IN the fruit that are good to eat!
I don’t know if this is a different type of breadfruit, or if the recipes I found are for a less mature fruit, before the large seeds form. But, I did learn that it’s worth a trip to the breadfruit tree for the seeds! I like them. They remind me of chestnuts.
The instructions are – pick up the fruits from the ground looking for the greener, fresher ones. If the fruit is old and the seeds have turned dark brown, they won’t be good. Separate the seeds from the fruit pulp and wash them. Then, put them in the pressure cooker with water and lots and lots of salt. Cook for 30 minutes (after the cooker comes to full pressure). Cool, peel, and eat! They have a hard brown shell like a chestnut, and an inner brown skin that seems fine to eat if you want to.
Today I had an added bonus. I left the fruit pulp in my garden bucket and it was visited by an owl butterfly. I have now put the pulp on the compost pile but this very large and beautiful butterfly is still flying around here wondering where the bucket went.
There always seems to be something new and interesting around here! I am curious about the breadfruit I found on line though which appears to be a starchy fruit which can be seasoned and fried, or cooked according to a large variety of recipes.