Title Info
Common name Breadfruit
Scientific name Artocarpus altilis
Taxonomic group Moraceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Fruits
Date 1993
Location La Selva Biological Station,Costa Rica,North America

Breadfruit. A staple food throughout its native Polynesia, the breadfruit has a slightly sweet, bread- or potato-like consistency when cooked. The British first attempted to introduce this cheap and prolific crop to their New World colonies in 1773 by sending Captain Bligh and the H.M.S. Bounty on a breadfruit tree collecting expedition. Bligh survived his crew?s famous mutiny and on a second voyage succeeded in establishing the breadfruit in Jamaica.