When I posted the Quiche de Goa with Breadfruit and Luffa Veg last week, I realized that many of us had little knowledge about the Tropical fruit called Breadfruit. In fact for some of us it is a totally knew discovery! This fruit deserves a own post, so that you get an idea what you are missing out here. =D I am kind of obsessed with using this fruit these days in my cooking and I want others to catch the Breadfruit “obsession” as well, so that a recipe Revolution can begin!
The Breadfruit season is going on right now, so if you live somewhere in the Asian or Caribbean tropics, then you might be able to purchase some fruits. The Botanical name is Artocarpus altilis yet it might be known under a different names wherever you are, such as fruit a pain (French), Brotfrucht (German), Frutipan (Spanish), Fruta-pao (Portugues), Ulu (Hawai’i), Uru (Tahiti), Dhel (Sri Lanka), Buah Sukun (Malaysia) and Yaca (Mexico). In India it has many names, some being Ber Halasu, Seema Chakka, Kada Chakka, Jeevi Halasu, Jeev Kadgi or even Jeegujje. Somehow I couldn’t find a name for it in Hindi, mostly I guess because the breadfruit is only commonly grown in South India. The fruit in an Indian market used to have a value of 10 INR (~0,15 €) a few years back, now one fruit costs about 10 times more! The fruit is pretty rare even in Goa, we think that’s because it is often confused with the Jackfruit, a brother of the Breadfruit. Otherwise the fruit is a staple food in South Asia and on the Caribbean Islands!
Why you should check out the Breadfruit and use it in your cooking!
There are a couple of reasons why you should give this fruit a chance and add it to your diet.
- The fruit is considered tasteless, reminding us a bit of Potatoes or even plain white bread. That’s not a bad point, but instead a quite useful fact! Foods like that, such as Paneer, Mozzarella and co have the same issue but we love them in gravies in salads and many other dishes. Consisting 70% of water, it even soaks in marination’s like a charm! The fruit gets sweeter the riper it is, yet it never gets as sweet as other fruits do. That enhances us to choose, if we would like to prepare it for a savory dish or if we would prefer to turn it into a sweet Dessert.
Ripe Breadfruit. That’s not dirt but the Monsoon effect on the fruit!
- You can boil it, fry it, roast it, bake it and turn it into a flour. The latter is a very important point! Instead of using unhealthy normal flour you can use the breadfruit as flour in your baking. Are you already getting some ideas here? ^.^
- The Breadfruit might be 25% Carbs, yet it consists of some other useful nutrients for our body. The fruit is a rich source of fiber, controlling so the body cholesterol and diabetic disorders. In the same time you will find that the fruit consists of Omega fats. Usually those healthy essential fats are found in meats such as fish, so in my opinion that should be the first reason for Vegetarians to get hold of the bread fruit. Another interesting fact is that you fill find a good amount of Vitamin C and you know already, that Vitamin C means Antioxidants and in turn that’s a great cancer prevention. Apparently, somebody had mentioned too that it is a good source of Proteins as well. Now, proteins are always required in our bodies, or we won’t be able to sustain our body cells and live on…
A Baby Breadfruit tree
- A Breadfruit tree grows a huge amount of fruits per season, in India the harvest is greater apparently then in the Caribbeans. Over here the trees are heavy with fruits while I remember seeing only a couple of fruits per tree on the french Island of Guadeloupe. Further, a Breadfruit tree grows very fast and starts to give fruit in the 2nd or 3rd year already. All this points to the fact that in a country such as India where people hunger, this fruit is a blessing. A Breadfruit tree requires little space compared to a wheat field and nowadays space is just a huge luxury, especially in a over populated country such as India. The Breadfruit might be a future live saver!
I thought you might like an easier, quicker Breadfruit recipe version this time, so I prepared a common side dish/snack in our house. Simply cut the fruit and marinate it for a while, then fry (or bake) and serve it hot. It’s little trouble and it tastes great! If you don’t like it spicy, then just omit the Chilli powder but add the Turmeric Powder. The latter is a healthy spice and very useful for your body, but more about that an other time…
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