October 19, 2014 in 'Aina
Some of the older generations once said, “if you cut down the ‘ulu tree, you will starve”. Just 2 – 3 generations ago, breadfruit also known as ‘ulu, covered various parts of the Hawaiian Islands and kept the people of Hawaii from starving without depending on food imported from the mainland and other countries. Arborists and other organizations strive to bring back some of the old ways and sustainability of the islands by growing more breadfruit trees.
7 Benefits of Breadfruit:
- Sustainability – In older Hawaii, `ulu was once part of the people’s self sufficiency when there was very limited imported goods.
- Protection – Breadfruit trees protect Hawaii’s watersheds and provides canopy and soil cover.
- Attractiveness – They are great looking trees to grow in your garden and urban landscapes.
- Easy to grow – Easier than kalo/taro. They do well with water only and can still be fruitful after 2 generations. A single breadfruit tree can be propagated into thousands of other trees.
- Versatility – many dishes can be made with breadfruit.
- Nuitrition – Breadfruit contains many minerals and vitamins. They are gluten free and can be made into four.
- Tastes good!!