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October 2016

Cool Runnings Cruises – More About Jamaican Breadfruit

Cool Runnings Cruises – More About Jamaican Breadfruit

BREADFRUIT
Your Cool Runnings Cruises Jamaica, writer read some time ago about the importance of Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) as a food.
This is the large, round green fruit that hangs from those tall trees with the attractive dark, green leaves that spread like fingers.
The newly arrived visitor to Jamaica may find this delicacy offered in place of potatoes or bread. It may be boiled, baked, fried, and we were pleasantly surprised to learn that it is considered such a good food that people are being encouraged to plant a tree wherever the climate is clement for the growing of a Breadfruit tree.

Image: Breadfruit from http://wwwchem.uwimona.edu.jm/gifs/brdfruit.jpg

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You have probably already heard that the Breadfruit tree was brought to Jamaica from the South Pacific by Captain Bligh of Mutiny on the Bounty fame. Cool Runnings Cruises Jamaica discovered that Breadfruit is, like bananas, a good source of potassium and dietary fiber that helps lower ‘bad cholesterol’ LDL, while increasing the ‘good cholesterol’, HDL. Amazingly the fiber in breadfruit cuts down on the absorption of glucose, so it helps out a little even on the diabetes front.
The breadfruit can also be ground into a flour or porridge or made into breadfruit chips. In fact the Trees that Feed Foundation recommend that breadfruit is dried and turned into flour, which can then be kept for months. This breadfruit flour contains more protein than wheat flour.

Cool Runnings Boat Cruises – Trees That Feed
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Image: http://www.treesthatfeed.org/

Most important, Cool Runnings Cruises Jamaica recently read about Mike and Mary McLaughlin, who are both Jamaican and who founded the Trees that Feed Foundation. They started out in Jamaica, because they knew the land, but soon they were expanding to Haiti. The mission of the Trees that Feed Foundation is to plant food producing trees, which can create jobs and benefit the environment. Now the Foundation is planting trees not only in Jamaica and Haiti, but also in countries that include Costa Rica, Barbados and Ghana.

In Jamaica there is also a ‘Trees That Feed in Schools’ program, where schools and learning institutions are able to earn from selling extra fruit from the trees as well as improve school nutrition.

To find out more about the Trees That Feed Foundation go here (http://www.treesthatfeed.org/).
To book your fun cruise with Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises in Jamaica go here (http://coolrunningscatamarans.com/). See you soon.

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