The Caribbean includes islands and countries as diverse as Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, French Antilles, Guadeloupe and Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Virgin Islands. Common foods like seafood, chicken and coconut, as well as recipes like jerk and callaloo, unite these islands into a heterogeneous culinary paradise.
Breadfruit was brought to the Caribbean by Captain Bligh. Records indicate that 347 breadfruit trees arrived on the HMS Providence on the fifth of February, 1793, and were distributed throughout the island. Breadfruit was intended to be used as food for the slaves.
Ingredient: 1 breadfruit
Roast the breadfruit whole over charcoal (the best method), or directly over a gas burner. Turn the fruit as it begins to char. The roasting takes about an hour. When steam starts to escape from the stem end, the breadfruit is done.
Remove the breadfruit from the fire, and cut a circle at the stem end. Scoop out the heart, and discard it. Scoop out the meat, or cut off the charred outer skin, and cut the meat into slices, and serve it hot.
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