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Breadfruit - is this a myth or a reality? Is there really a tree on planet Earth that bears bread? Or is it just that some plant that plays an important role in people's lives is called? In fact, there is one tree on Earth, which is called bread, because its fruits are really very similar to bread baking.
However, there are other plants, sometimes called breadfruit trees, but in this case this expression is used in a figurative sense.
This article will provide a photo and description of the breadfruit that grows on some of the islands of the Pacific Ocean, and also tells about other plants in relation to which this expression is sometimes used.
Real bread tree
This plant grows on some islands in the Pacific Ocean, especially in its western part
The tree has a height of about 20 m. The highest specimens of this tree reach 30 meters in height
In some areas, the tree is evergreen, in others it periodically dropsleaves, in this matter much depends on the climate of the area in which this plant grows.
The life span of this plant is about 70 years.
At first it blooms with green flowers, and after the formation of the ovary, the fruits begin to grow. When they ripen, they look like melons. They may have a color like yellow, and with some brown shades.
The fruits of one ovary can weigh between 3 and 30 kg. The pulp of ripe fruit is used for baking bread, and that is why the tree was called grain.
The pulp of ripe fruit is used not only for baking bread. In taste, it resembles potatoes, these fruits are an important part of the nutrition of the peoples living in this area. Interestingly, blanks, such as crackers, made from the pulp can be stored for several years without spoiling. This is a very important property of breadfruit, which allows you to use this plant with the greatest benefit.
In fact, the use of this plant in cooking is very diverse and wide. For example, fruits can be boiled, dried, baked, consumed raw and even candied. Moreover, the pulp of the plant is used to make bread dough. Fried foods are used for garnish.
Moreover, the seeds of this plant are also eaten, for example, after pre-roasting.
Breadfruit belonging to the family of mulberry plants, benefits not only thanks to the growth of the fruit on it. The leaves of these trees are fed animals, and wood is used for construction purposes. From it they prepare boats, furniture, also used for the construction of houses.
It is believed that this wood is very resistant to attack by parasites.
Thus, the term “breadfruit” most often means a real-growing plant. Sometimes it is also called jackfruit. The fruits of the tree are better known under this name. However, this expression is also called other plants. Briefly about them will be discussed in the next section.
Sometimes the expression breadfruit is used for cedar growing in Siberia. As is known, due to the temperature regime in Siberia, the conditions are very harsh, and they are very difficult for the survival of people, animals and plants. Largely due to cedar, life is possible in such a climate. In addition to wood, which is highly valued by cedar wood, the microclimate of cedar forests is such that it grows mushrooms and berries, animals live freely, and this is important in the harsh Siberian conditions.
Applied to Cedar, the word “bread” means, this tree literally feeds Siberia and its inhabitants.
In addition, a significant part of the diet of people living in Siberia are pine nuts. In addition to their high calorie content, they have a great variety of beneficial properties, minerals and vitamins that the human body needs. Due to the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in the area, it is due to pine nuts that the human body receives a significant portion of nutrients, as well as calories.
Breadfruit is sometimes called a single indoor plant, also known as pachira. This plant looks like a jackfruit.
Of course, it does not bear fruit the same way as a breadfruit. However, these two plants are close relatives. In order for such a breadfruit to feel comfortable at home, he needs special care and nutrition.
As can be seen from the information described in this article, the term “breadfruit” can mean several plants growing in different parts of the world. Jackfruit is most often meant - a tree that bears fruits like rolls of bread with tasty pulp, to taste and nutritional composition similar to potatoes. In addition, the bread tree can also be called a houseplant. In the figurative sense of the word bread is called Cedar - a tree that feeds Siberia.