“The human body is a complex organism with the ability in most cases to heal itself – if only you listen to it and respond with proper nourishment and care.” ~ Introduction, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch.
Recently we had roasted breadfruit at Ross Campus and the students really loved it. One student took it home and told me she was enjoying it days later!
I first tasted breadfruit while traveling through the Caribbean studying vegetarian cooking in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Each island I visited had a wide range of recipes for utilizing the breadfruit; my favorite was the roasted breadfruit; but close behind was a delicious vegetarian calallu (spinach) ital with coconut gravy and breadfruit pieces. It was so common on all the islands; I found it hard to believe when I discovered it was not indigenous to the Caribbean area.
Rather this incredible tree originated in the South Pacific, and is thought to have been introduced to the West Indies in the 1700’s.
Breadfruit and the other provisions traditionally eaten throughout the Caribbean; are the most healthy, ecological way to get the complex carbohydrates we need; equivalent to the whole grains of Europe and North America.