Written by Carla Bellot of @barbadianista
Meet the versatile breadfruit, loved by Bajans and visitors alike. This starchy fruit is a nutritional powerhouse and can be enjoyed in so many ways! Packed with carbohydrates, and essential vitamins, breadfruit is a staple that has been relied on for centuries here in the Caribbean. Its low fat content and high energy yield make it a smart choice for those seeking a healthy, satisfying meal. Also rich in vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, breadfruit aids digestion, supports immune function, and helps maintain optimal heart health.
Breadfruit is usually harvested when it’s mature but still green. After being washed and peeled, it’s then either roasted, fried, or boiled, depending on the desired dish. Here are three ways in which breadfruit is typically prepared here in Barbados:
Breadfruit Chips: Just like potatoes, frying thin slices of breadfruit transforms them into golden, crunchy chips, which are often served as a side, or enjoyed on their own. Sprinkle a little salt and some of your favourite powdered spices over them, and dive in!
Breadfruit Cou-Cou: This is a spin on our traditional cou-cou, which is made with cornmeal and okra. Simply boil slices of breadfruit, then crush until smooth, adding in butter and some of the water used for boiling to help with texture. Add in a little salt and herbs for flavour, and you’ve now made yourself a delicious side dish!
Roasted Breadfruit: One of the simplest but most delicious ways to enjoy a breadfruit! Go to any bonfire in the Caribbean, and someone is sure to provide a breadfruit for roasting. Wrap the breadfruit in foil, and put it into the fire, turning occasionally. It should be fully cooked after roughly 30 minutes. For an added treat, add some butter! There are also methods of roasting them on the stove or in the oven.
How do you enjoy eating your breadfruit?