It is Breadfruit season here in St. Croix! Thanks to a couple of my patients here at the hospital who bring it in for us, Theresa and I have been eating a lot of it for the last couple of weeks. If you have never tried Breadfruit, it is incredible. It is a starchy fruit that grows on trees here in the Caribbean and in the tropics world wide. The fruit itself is very large, about half the size of a soccer ball or larger. Once it is cooked it tastes almost exactly like a potato, except better. The texture is better, almost like potato bread...One breadfruit equals about 6 average size potatoes...so far as we can figure. You can use it and prepare it just like any other potato dish. I have been told by a local Rastafarian that cooking it on a bed of coals in a camp fire is the best way to enjoy...so this is my goal within the next couple upcoming weekends. Another local told me you can smoke it on the BBQ pit for an even more cosmic experience... also on my list of things to do. It is so easy to boil that we really just enjoy cooking it this way (only have to boil for ten minutes and done!). You can then freeze large chunks for eating or cooking later.... Why cook again later... because you can make Breadfruit Tostones.. what are Tostones you ask? Refried smashed pieces of breadfruit (or plantains) that come out crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle, an incredible Puerto Rican staple..kinda like big round french fries..but better..
We hope to plant a breadfruit tree here on our property, but the tree grows up to 85 feet tall and we are searching for the optimal place to plant so we don't invade other plants or obstruct our view. According to one gentleman who gives it to me, it only takes about 2 years to get produce!
Theresa and Aaron
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