Part of the fun in traveling to new places is to live like the natives do, and this involves sampling their local dishes. If you agree, don’t let your next trip to a Negril resort pass without trying a really authentic Jamaican meal that involves a simple fruit. Breadfruit.
What is breadfruit?
Breadfruit dates back to 1789, when Captain William Bligh brought the fruit to the island during his second voyage here. Breadfruit is rich in vitamins A, B, C and also carbohydrates. In fact, this high energy fruit dates back to the days when it was used for British slaves in the Caribbean.
Popular among athletes
Did you know Jamaica’s own Usain Bolt—the fastest man alive—loves breadfruit? One of the highest-yielding fruit plants, a breadfruit tree can produce up to 200 fruits per season. Each breadfruit is the size of a grapefruit. This complex carbohydrate gives you an energy boost without increasing your sugar levels.
It’s no surprise then that the fruit that packs a serious punch is popular among athletes. During Jamaican-hosted marathons, runners who come to the island are eager to try the time-honored breadfruit to see its effects on their performance.
What does it taste like?
Because it is very rich in starch, breadfruit is roasted, baked, fried or boiled. It is served with Jamaica’s national dish—the ackee and saltfish—or with steamed callaloo. The taste of a cooked breadfruit is similar to a potato or freshly baked bread. When very ripe, this highly nutritional fruit tastes sweet.
Come back for more
Travelers and natives alike enjoy Jamaica’s breadfruit—and for good reason! Plan to sample it during your next trip here. Visitors who sample breadfruit cooked in Negril always come back for more.