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Panapen, Breadnut, Pana de pepita

Moraceae Artocarpus altilis (Parkinson) Fosberg



A. integrifolia L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These are large, tropical evergreen trees, important food sources in the tropics, but not grown in continental U.S., and only scattered dooryard trees in Hawaii. Breadfruit fruits are generally oblong and large, often 10 pounds or more. Skin is thin but roughened by projections of carpels. Fruit is mostly consumed after cooking. Edible portion is the interior pulp. Jackfruit fruits are very large, sometimes reaching 2 feet long and weighing 50 or more pounds. Rind is prickled and very hard, so is opened with a cutlass. Internal pulp may be eaten raw or cooked. The numerous seeds are also boiled and eaten. Breadnut (Pana de pepita) closely resembles the seedless breadfruit but is a prolific seed-bearing variety. The seeds 1 inch or more in length are edible after boiling or roasting and are said to resemble chestnuts.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch