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Traditional Pacific Island Crops: Breadfruit

The goal of the Traditional Pacific Island Crops Web site is to provide organized access to quality, free Web resources that provide information on these twelve important traditional Pacific Island crops. This is not intended to be a comprehensive listing

Key Web Resources for Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) and other Pacific Artocarpus species


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Breadnut (Artocarpus camansi) is native to New Guinea and possibly parts of Indonesia and the Philippines. It is the wild, ancestral form of breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis). Apparently, Pacific islanders did not carry breadnut on their early voyages, and it is currently not commonly grown in the Pacific other than on its native islands. Breadfruit, on the other hand, was spread throughout the region beginning around 3,000 years ago.

Breadfruit continues to be an important staple crop and a central part of traditional Pacific agroforestry systems. Breadfruit is cultivated on most Pacific islands as a home garden or subsistence crop. It is also sold in local markets either as a fresh fruit or processed into chips.

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Specific Topics for Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) and other Pacific Artocarpus species

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