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Home » Crop of the Week Archive » Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis, Moraceae)

Breadfruit is to be found everywhere in the tropics, and can produce much food with no human intervention, but except for Oceania is hardly ever used to any significant extent (except as an ornamental tree). Breadfruit has been an important staple crop and component of traditional agroforestry systems in the Pacific for more than 3,000 years. Hundreds of varieties have been cultivated. Both the fruits as well the mature seeds have great nutritional value, but convenience products with attractive texture, taste and colour need to be developed to promote the use of this species.

Three new papers on breadfruit (Artocarpus sp.)
The Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden

Fruit of Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit)

Fruit of Artocarpus altilis (breadfruit)

Breadfruit tree in Palmira Valle del Cauca Colombia

Breadfruit tree in Palmira Valle del Cauca Colombia

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), Malaysia

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), Malaysia