Khmerican Family Abroad #22 🍈 SreyYuu & Monkey-B Discover Breadfruit (Recipe) 🤩

in Natural Medicine2 years ago (edited)


With our new life in Suriname, I've had the opportunity to introduce the Cambodian family to my favorite fruit.

🍈 What Is Breadfruit? 🙋

     As we are a diverse group from all corners of the globe, some of you may not be familiar with breadfruit (Artocarpus Altilis). Jackfruit belongs to the Moraceae family, sometimes known as Mulberry, but what more of you may be familiar with is the genus Artocarpus.

     The Artocarpus genus contains the much more internationally known jackfruit. Jackfruit, the world's largest tree-born fruit, is quickly becoming a popular vegan meat substitute, and is very common throughout SE Asia. Being in the same genus, there are some striking similarities between these two fruits.

Monkey B modeling this oddity

Srey Yuu feeling a bit perplexed

     The most notable and visible difference between the two fruits are breadfruit's lack of spikes on the fruit exterior. From a distance the two fruits could be easily confused for one another.

     Breadfruit is most widely know in the Caribbean as well as the South Pacific, although it's seedless variety has been widely cultivated in the Caribbean for over 200 years, and has come to be what most folks commonly know as "breadfruit."

💃🏿 Ya Waan' Breadfruit? 🍈

     Just for I thought I would search for a breadfruit song on YouTube, and sure enough, I found one. I assumed there would be an old reggae song from the 70s about breadfruit, but I only found a modern dancehall tune.

     Definitely not my type of music, and I wouldn't endorse the sexually charged dancing style. Regardless, it's worth a watch to understand how important breadfruit is to Jamaicans. It's somewhat common in Suriname, but nothing compares to JA!

     "Roast or fry roast or fry," as the song says, are pretty much the only two ways to eat this literally bread-like fruit. The best, in my opinion, is to roast then fry, and that is how I prepared it for the family to try.

🍈 Tracking It Down In Cambodia 🙋

     Long before we arrived in Suriame, I once told @Sreypov about breadfruit while we were living in Cambodia. I mentioned it because I had been driving around the outskirts of town and swore I passed two young fruitless trees.

     I took Sreypov back to the site, and she said she thought it was something called "soup jackfruit" in Khmer, but without having visible fruit, she wasn't 💯% sure. We left Cambodia without ever confirming whether or not "soup jackfruit" was indeed breadfruit.

Me holding a breadfruit in Suriname

     I recently had some free time and decided I would do some research using the Latin name of breadfruit while searching for existence in Cambodia. I stumbled upon the name "ផ្លែសាកេ" (plae saakee) in Khmer, and that new name quickly led to some cool discoveries.

     Sreypov began searching all over Facebook in Khmer for any results. Strangely enough, we stumbled upon a Khmer woman in our old town who happened to have a breadfruit tree in her yard. Apparently it's not well-known in Cambodian cuisine, not highly desired at markets, and therefore not grown much.

     Breadfruit in Cambodia is most commonly prepared as a dessert, just as in the video below. So strange we never encountered breadfruit in all of our combined years in Cambodia. Our former town, Kampot, is actually famous for durian and jackfruit, so I guess there's no room for the humble breadfruit.

🔬 The Health Benefits 💪

     Breadfruit trees can reach 26 meters in height, and are found scattered throughout Suriname and the wider Caribbean. You will see below that breadfruit is a great source many vitamins, micronutrients and Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.

Nutrition Facts
1 cup fruit, raw (220g)
Calories - 227

  • very low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol
  • excellent source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C
Amount per serving
% DV
Total Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 4.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 59.7 g
Protein 2.4 g
Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids 39.6 mg
Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids 106 mg
Vitamin C 63.8 mg
Potasssium 1,078 mg
Thiamin 0.2 mg
Magnesium 55 mg
Vitamin B-6 0.2 mg
Niacin 2.0 mg
Pantothenic Acid 1.0 mg
Copper 0.2 mg
Folate 30.8 mcg
Manganese 0.1 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Calcium 37.4 mg
Riboflavin 0.1 mg
Selenium 1.3 mcg
Zinc 0.3 mg
Vitamin K 1.1 mcg
Vitamin E 0.2 mg

👨🏻‍🍳 Let's Prepare It 🔥

     I wanted to show the family the Jamaican way of preparing and eating breadfruit. Normally, a wood fire is the best way to roast breadfruit, but if you've only got one fruit and you're in a hurry, the stove can get the job done.

Srey Yuu now enthusiastic to try it


     Carve an 1-2cm X into the bottom of the fruit to allow steam to escape.

     With a low-medium flame, place the washed and dried breadfruit directly on the stove.


     Roast the breadfruit on a low-medium flame, turning every 10-15 minutes.

     It may take as long as 1 or 2 hours cook completely, it depends on the size of the fruit and your flame or roasting method.


     Roast, roast, roast, and when you think you're done roasting, roast some more.

     Roast all sides until the whole fruit is blackened and the steam has subsided.

     Notice the carved "X" now exposed by the shrinking fruit.


     When the breadfruit is fully cooked, turn off the stove and transfer the breadfruit to a suitable cooling area.

     Relax, take a nap, the breadfruit will be too hot to handle for quite awhile.


     When the breadfruit is cool enough to handle, begin slicing off the burnt skin to reveal the cooked fruit.

     Continue cutting away all the charred skin until you have a carbon-free fruit.


     Halve the fruit and cut away the inner seed pods.

     Notice it is structured internally a bit like a jackfruit.


     Cut the remaining fruit into triangluar wedges to prepare for frying.

     Begin heating a small shallow pan of oil with a medium flame.

     If you can afford it, frying in coconut oil is the most delicious.


     Begin frying the breadfruit pieces in small batches, turning once during cooking.

     Fry all pieces until golden-brown, and transfer to a paper towel to absorb some oil and cool down.


     When cool enough to eat, eat immediately. Fried breadfruit isn't going to get more delicious with time.

     Try to let enough cooling occur so you can avoid burning the roof of your mouth.

     Even though the wait is long, it is well worth it. The whole family now loves this incredible fruit, and we try buy a breadfruit at least once a month. It is truly bread-like, especially if you eat it after roasting without frying.

     In this non-fried form, it is very spongy and soft, and very good for soaking up curries. It can be used very similar to idlis, and is delicious alongside a spicy sambar.


"Moraceae." Department of Botany - University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Web. 17 May 2020. (link is external)

"JACKFRUIT Fruit Facts." California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. Web. 17 May 2020. (link is external)

"Breadfruit." Purdue University - College of Agriculture. Web. 17 May 2020. (link is external)

"Breadfruit, raw Nutrition Facts & Calories." SELF Nutrition Data - Know What You Eat. Web. 17 May 2020. (link is external)


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Thank you for this excellent write up on a delicious and healthy fruit. This is possibly the fruit I miss most from home. I thought I saw a tree in the Philippines but there were no fruits on it. Apparently, they don’t eat the fruit 😲.

Bless up @missaj! Yes, I know it exists in SE Asia, but there are several varieties there, some not so edible. In the Caribbean, the only one really found is the nearly seedless variety.

The ones here in Suriname are tiny, but I think that's just a soil difference between Jamaica and Suriname. You can't compare Amazon sand/dirt with rich volcanic Jamaican soil.

Very delicious 😋 I love it very much.

I know, and now we know the Khmer name so we can look for it when we return to Cambodia.

Nice post dad I want to eat again it taste like bread and it sweet. Yummy 😋😋😋!!!!

Next time we go to Zonnebloem Markt we will try to buy one Srey Yuu.

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Hey now that looks tasty. Excellent article and super photos especially monkey catching some zzzzzs. Haven't seen this one in Phuket but that surely doesn't mean its not here. Jackfruit is quite popular. Does the fruit get quite smokey when you roast it?

Monkey B is helpful in the kitchen, but not for an extended period of time. I don't know the Thai name, but would imagine it could be similar to the Khmer name.

@justinparke i have seen breadfruit in the market and I wonder how exactly it's being eaten or prepared. This is the first time I am seeing how it is being prepared. I will definitely give it a a try soon.
Thanks for sharing this.

@johnolusegun, thanks for stopping by. Just out of curiosity, where in the world are you located? I know it exists in the Caribbean/Latin America/South Pacific/SE Asia, but am curious to know if it is Africa anywhere.

In Nigeria, Africa. It's very common here

Okay, give thanks, good to know it can be found there as well. I guess it's all over the tropics around the globe.

That's right.

such an interesting post, I think I have tried it at least once but had no idea how it was prepared

A woman we know in Cambodia told us we can let it get overripe and blend it to make a smoothie, which is also delicious, but I haven't tried it that way yet.

That sounds an easier way to do it ;)

Ok, I'm impressed with both the breadfruit and jackfruit. You shared the info about this one and @artemislives enlightened me on jackfruit a couple weeks ago.

I wonder if it's available here in America? I'll try most any food once. Thanks for the info my friend.

I once bought a jackfruit from Mexico in a Chinese grocery store in Kentucky, so anything is possible. I would imagine you'll have better luck in Florida, California, Texas and maybe Atlanta.

Most likely, since I'm in Nebraska and there isn't very many culture specific stores or any that have a good selection of other geographic locations here.

Yikes, Nebraska might even be tougher than Kentucky in that regard. Well, in that case, just keep it in mind for the future. In the time being, eat all the blueberries, strawberries and pears you can, because those fruits are now exotic to me.

Beautiful post! I've never tried breadfruit, but plan to if/when I can. Thanks for sharing.

It is well worth it. I love fruits that and foods that are outside the norm a bit. I've been wanting to turn the family on to ackee here in Suriname, but apparently it's not a food staple here, so we can only investigated rumored locations of ackee trees.

I haven't heard of ackee before... But I'm learning here on Hive that there are many fruits out there that I've never heard of!

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