Vegetable - Fruit - Recipe : Breadfruit

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    Breadfruit.

    I saw one in the farmer's market and was intrigued...

    Anybody ever eat/cook this before? What does it taste like? How can you tell if it's ripe? How do you cook it? What do you eat with it? Thanks for any information.


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    Breadfruit .......is One of the great food belongs to the mulberry family
    Breadfruit grows on a tree like most fruits
    Generally the rind is green at first, turning yellowish-green, yellow or yellow-brown when ripe, though one variety is lavender , In the green stage, the fruit is hard and the interior is white, starchy and somewhat fibrous. When fully ripe, the fruit is somewhat soft, the interior is cream colored or yellow and pasty, also sweetly fragrant. The seeds are irregularly oval
    The breadfruit is believed to be native to a vast area extending from New Guinea through the Indo-Malayan Archipelago to Western Micronesia. It is said to have been widely spread in the Pacific area by migrating Polynesians, and Hawaiians


    Breadfruits are picked when maturity is indicated by the appearance of small drops of latex on the surface

    Like the banana and plantain, the breadfruit may be eaten ripe as a fruit or underripe as a vegetable
    Fully ripe fruits, being sweeter, are baked whole with a little water in the pan. Some cooks remove the stem and core before cooking and put butter and sugar in the cavity, and serve with more of the same. Others may serve the baked fruit with butter, salt and pepper. Ripe fruits may be halved or quartered and steamed for 1 or 2 hours and seasoned in the same manner as baked fruits. The steamed fruit is sometimes sliced, rolled in flour and fried in deep fat.
    underripe fruits are diced, boiled, and served with butter and sugar, or salt and pepper, or diced and cooked with other vegetables, bacon and milk as a chowder breadfruit soup is made by boiling underripe chunks of breadfruit in water until the liquid begins to thicken, then adding cooked salt pork, chopped onion, white pepper and salt, stirring till thick, then adding milk and butter, straining, adding a bit of sherry and simmering until ready to serve.
    The dried fruit has been made into flour and improved methods breadfruit in part for wheat flour in breadmaking. The combination has been found more nutritious than wheat flour alone. Breadfruit flour is much richer than wheat flour in lysine and other essential amino acids.The flour is boiled, sweetened, and eaten as porridge for breakfast

    you can have it with anything of your choice

    Hope this help somewhat Bootzey
     
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    Medicinal Uses:
    Breadfruit leaf is believed to lower blood pressure, and is also said to relieve asthma
    Crushed leaves are applied on the tongue as a treatment for thrush
    Ashes of burned leaves are used on skin infections
    A powder of roasted leaves is employed as a remedy for enlarged spleen. The crushed fruit is poulticed on tumors to "ripen" them. Toasted flowers are rubbed on the gums around an aching tooth. The latex is used on skin diseases and is bandaged on the spine to relieve sciatica. Diluted latex is taken internally to overcome diarrhea.