Breadfruit is a staple in the Samoan diet, it's a starchy yellow food and can be found growing on trees all over the island. It is commonly cooked in the embers of an Umu (underground oven), it can boiled and then tossed in coconut milk or fried to make chips. We like all versions, I personally like to eat the Umu roasted breadfruit with some humus, quiet the good combo although not very Samoan.
This is a breadfruit tree, the "fruit" is ready when it begins to take on a yellowish hue from its normal green. If you looked online you might find people saying you can eat it raw when it's perfectly ripe, however, you will never find anyone on this island to agree with that. When I mentioned it I was met with funny looks from several people and told that it will give you a bad stomach ache if you tried it raw.
Some Umu roasted breadfruit (with a few bananas under there too), you can't see any in this picture but it does have a few little edible seeds.
Breadfruit chips can be found in almost any store bagged up just as you see above. The sticker varies based on the family who makes them. I'm not sure what to compare them to, maybe plantain chips... but softer/chewier....
The Jaskowiak Family
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