The Mutiny And The Breadfruit


Remember the infamous Captain Bligh from Mutiny on the Bounty?  Well here in the Caribbean he is remembered for more than the events of that ill-fated voyage.  It was William Bligh who brought the breadfruit, one of the region’s most versatile foods, to the Caribbean.  Commissioned by the British government, Bligh brought this starch fruit from Tahiti as an economical food source for the West Indies’ slave population.

What is a breadfruit:  Large and oval shaped, the breadfruit has a dimpled green outer skin but is yellowish-brown to white on the inside.  The fruit hangs like a lantern from a majestic tall and leafy tree, which can reach heights of 60 feet or more. Its large long-fingered leaves make the ever green member of the mul-berry family, a shady addition to many local gardens.  Because the fruit is seedless, the tree is propagated from root suckers.

breadfruit tree

Weighing anywhere from one to one and a half pounds, and measuring six to 10 inches in diameter, the breadfruit has a potato-like consistency and can be substituted for any carbohydrate from pasta to rice.  This soft and fleshy fruit is also a healthy addition to the diet.  Compared with other starch foods eaten in the Caribbean islands, it contributes appreciable amounts of protein, carbohydrates and dietary fiber.  In addition, the breadfruit contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium, as well as vitamins A, B and C.  And in the best news for those watching their calories, it has a low fat content.

This distinctive fruit is not edible until cooked and is traditionally roasted by in an outside fire or in the oven.

 Breadfruit Cheese Pie


2 lbs. breadfruit

2 oz. margarine

2 eggs separated

1 green sweet pepper chopped

1 medium sized onion, chopped

6 oz. grated cheese


1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper



Peel the breadfruit and boil in salted water.  Drain well and mash.  Beat with cheese, egg yolks, margarine and milk.  Season with sweet pepper, onion, salt and black pepper.  Whisk egg whites until still and fold very lightly into the mixture.  Set oven to 350 degrees. Pour into well-greased baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes.


Breadfruit Fritters


1 lb breadfruit peeled and cored

3 oz flour

1 egg

 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

½ teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon sugar (optional)

¼  teaspoon salt



Cut the breadfruit into thin slices, steam to tenderness and mash well.  Adding remaining ingredients, mix well.  Drop spoonfuls of the breadfruit mixture into hot fat and fry on both sides until crisp and brown.  Drain fritters on absorbent paper and serve immediately.


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