Summertime is on the way, a season that offers hot days, cool swimming pools, and refreshing lemonade. There are also plenty of fruits and vegetables to enjoy at this time of the season. So let’s take a quick look at some of the best that summer fruits and veggies have to offer. We will take a quick look at what nutritional value these fruits and vegetables have to offer, as well as their origins and a couple of refreshing recipes for the summer season.
The history of the breadfruit is interesting, to say the least. It is widely believed that New Guinea was the original place that the breadfruit tree had come from. Tribes from New Guinea and other Micronesian islands eventually immigrated to the Polynesian islands, bringing seeds with them. From there, the fruit traveled to Hawaii in the 12th century. It became popular with Europeans in the mid 18th century during the transatlantic slave trade, as a way of finding new ways to feed their slaves in Jamaica during a famine. From there, the fruit spread from Jamaica to Tahiti and even to the Florida Keys.
According to a tourist site in Maui, where the fruit is grown and popularized over time, “Breadfruit trees are one of the highest yielding food plants known. A single tree can produce between 50 to 150 fruits per year (yield varies between wet and dry areas) and their round, oval or oblong fruits can weigh as much as 12 pounds.”
- Fiber – There is a lot of fiber in this fruit, which is great for managing blood sugar and helps with the prevention of diabetes. Fiber also helps with satiety.
- Protein – It has a surprising amount of protein in comparison to most fruits and vegetables which is great for people who need to build muscle mass and keep their immune system strong.
- Vitamin C – Speaking of the immune system, it will get an extra boost from all of the vitamin C. It also helps with the production of collagen, a protein that helps wounds heal faster.
If you have wanted to try a new vegan recipe but still want the comfort of pancakes and butter, then this recipe will be right up your alley. These breadfruit pancakes are easy to make and will leave you feeling guilt-free. Click on the photo below for the recipe, which was brought to you by Happy and Raw.
Breadfruit Pancakes and Butterless Butter