Blog #57: How to Spice Up Your Plate This Season

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Fresh Breadfruit on the tree!  It’s not ripe at this point.

You’re not alone if you get tired of eating the same foods over and over again.   You can spice things up by stepping outside your food box and trying some of the exotic fruits and veggies that are out there! 🌿🍈

Breadfruit is a delectable, potato-like fruit that originated in the South Pacific.  It can be found throughout many tropical locations in the world and belongs to the Jackfruit family.  I was 12 or 13 years old on vacation in Jamaica visiting family when I first tried Breadfruit.  I loved it right away 😍.

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Breadfruit cut in two.

Breadfruit is interesting because it’s a fruit that’s eaten moreso as a veggie (like tomatoes for example).  To prepare a breadfruit, you can either roast it (whole, with the skin), steam it, boil it, bake it or fry it (must be pre-cooked before frying).  When the breadfruit is cooked it has a bread-like taste (hence it’s name) and it’s a great way to swap out bread, potato and  rice, in a meal or two.  It’s very versatile and can be used in a multitude of cuisine types: East Indian, Mexican, Caribbean, American, and more!

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A whole Breadfruit. Ripe and ready to cook! They grow to different sizes.  But this one is approximately the size of a small soccer ball.

You’re able to get a good combo nutrients from eating a breadfruit including potassium, fibre, magnesium, calcium, protein and high levels of vitamin C.  The fibre content makes it heart healthy and helpful in controlling cholesterol.

If you live in a tropical place, you can easily pick a fresh breadfruit from the tree.  If you live in a non-tropical city, visit your local ethnic food store.

So, go ahead and spice up your plate!  Throw some breadfruit on it, delight your taste buds and gain some health benefits while you’re at it! 😃

I hope you learned something new after reading this post.

Tell me, have you ever tried breadfruit or jackfruit before?  Leave a comment below 😃

🌿🌿

Chrissy

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. ooooh this sounds interesting! I’ve never heard of it or tried it, but if I get the opportunity to I definitely will xx

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    1. Chrissy says:

      Hey Crystalsandcurls! 🙂 Thank you for leaving a comment! And, yes this fruit is really interesting, it’s in the jackfruit family. Have you ever seen those vegan jackfruit taco recipes on YouTube or Instagram? You could pretty much do the same here. You could also make fries or wedges with it because it has a potato-like texture. So definitely give it a try if you’re feeling adventurous. If you travel to a tropical place, get it fresh from the tree. Otherwise, hit up your local ethnic food store 🙂 🙂 🙂

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