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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hawaii Bread Fruit

I've been very delinquent in my blog posts lately. Just got back from an amazing trip to Kauai and Maui. I hoped that hiking, snorkeling, surfing and a 5K run would counteract eating out and lazing at the beach and pool everyday. However, the food won this battle as I came home and to my dismay, gained 5 pounds - which I quickly lost being sick over the week.

Anyway, I wanted to write about some things that I learned in Hawaii. On the plane ride there on Hawaiian Airlines, the featured article was about a lady who collects all variations of Breadfruit. I had never heard of this fruit before and after reading about how it's the highest yielding (up to 200 fruits grow on one tree) and full of nutrients, we made a mental note to try this in Hawaii.

Indeed, on the first day at the Luau, we saw breadfruit but it wasn't until the last 2 days that we ate it! The first was at Mama's Fish House in Maui (which by the way is an amazing seafood restaurant which will require its own posting. The menu lists which fish was caught by who and where on the island!) Anyway we had the lobster guacamole with breadfruit and yam chips. The breadfruit in this case was deepfried/baked in oil so it tasted delicious! But I find that any vegetable/fruit drenched in oil tastes good.

The next day on our drive to Hana, we stopped by some food stands on the road and finally found baked breadfruit!

It tasted like baked yams or potatoes or taro - very very very rich and dense. Make note all those vegetables grow in soil but breadfruit is a fruit that grows on trees! This is an awesome fruit for tropical third world countries!! Wikipedia describes the issues of storing it since it does yield so many fruits at a time. Also describes how the tree is useful for building canoes.

I guess you learn something new everyday :)

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