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Breadfruit is part of the Artocarpus genus and its scientific name is Artocarpus altilis.

The breadfruit tree grows very tall and sprouts from the roots to make another tree. The fruits are edible and a variety of foods are made from it. It can be boiled like potatoes and mashed just like them. They can also be sliced fried and smashed then fried again in what is called “Tostones de Pana” or bread fruit fritters. The fruit is harvested when it is still green but fully grown the size of a small cantaloupe. The whole tree has a white sap that can irritate the skin. The fruit also has that sap.

It is a flowering edible fruit and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater).

Normally reaching to a mature height of 58.50 feet (18.00 metres). Expect harvests to start to occur in late summer.

Breadfruit is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Breadfruit have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Breadfruit

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • High

Propagation is by root cuttings and air layering.

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water often. Use Zone 10 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Breadfruit requires a soil ph of 6.1 - 7.4 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil.

See our list of companion Plants for Breadfruit to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Breadfruit from seed

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Breadfruit Etymology

The fruit has a starchy texture and fragrance that is reminiscent of fresh baked bread.1

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