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too: even after hurricane damage, a damaged breadfruit tree can survive and regrow itself. It’s a truly resilient, multipurpose plant. Although many of us like eating breadfruit, there’s a reason it’s never been grown on a large commercial scale in Trinidad and Tobago. And this has a lot to do with our own historical lack of basic information on the plant, its many varieties, and which varieties might be better for which purposes—even though breadfruit

has been growing here since the late 18th century. Roberts-Nkrumah recalled that even up to the 1990s, there was almost no research being done on breadfruit, whether in Trinidad and Tobago or worldwide: “No one was doing the kind of research that would have been put into sugar or banana or corn, for instance,” she remembered. That dearth of information was a barrier to economic investment in breadfruit as a commercial crop, she said.

You can curry

breadfruit,

steam it, roast it, fry it, boil it or grill it:

it absorbs almost any flavour.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: TERRY SAMPSON

UWI Pelican Issue 14  
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