Breadnut is a single-stemmed evergreen tree that grows to 50 feet or more and has a spreading canopy of large, alternating leaves and buttresses at the base. The roots spread and grow on or slightly below the surface. Fruit is a fleshy oval 5 to 8 inches long, with dull green to yellow-green skin and a spiny texture. It is an important source of nutrition, as it's a good source of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. Breadnut fruit tincture is a popular tonic in Jamaica.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Caribbean, Central America, tropical South America, New Guinea, Southeast Asia, coastal West Africa, Tahiti, Indonesia, Hawaii
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Emollient, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen, tonic, insecticidal, and treats dysentery, rheumatism, diabetes
To repel mosguitos, sand fleas, and gnats,
burn the male flowers. You may also rub this on the skin. For diabetes, macerate 3 leaves in 2 cups water and sip throughout the day. For rheumatism, add 9 leaves to a cool bath.