Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit, Breadnut)
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A tree that grows up to a height of 12 m and produces large
green fruit that are up to 2 kg in weight when mature. The fruit is derived from
a complete flower cluster: those without seeds are called Breadfruit and those
with seeds are termed Breadnut. Artocarpus altilis is native to the
South Pacific region and Southeast Asia where it is eaten as a staple food. It
is cooked before being eaten and is mainly a source of starch. It is cultivated
in southern Africa but the fruit is rarely encountered.
van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World -
Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.