Breadfruit has long been a staple food source in the pacific. Originating in South Asia, it’s believed to have spread through Oceania by early Polynesians, hence many people use the term Canoe Plant when referring to Breadfruit .
Breadfruit, or Artocarpus altilis, is a member of the Moraceae family of flowering trees that includes jackfruit and mulberry. Breadfruit trees produce an abundance of highly nutritious fruit and thrive under a wide range of growing conditions as they are climate adaptable and resilient.
A highly nutritious, starchy staple crop, breadfruit has great potential to address hunger and malnutrition in many regions and is being grown today on a large scale world-wide for food security.
Here at Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve & Garden, you can find breadfruit along the trail ahead of our orchid garden.