27 Aug2008

Charred Breadfruit

by Marketman

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Now I know that I would survive on a South Pacific island abundant with breadfruit if my crew set me adrift a la Captain Bligh, though I would have to deal with the motion sickness bobbing about on the open seas first! Take a mature/ripe breadfruit, earlier post on it here, and throw it onto an open fire and wait for it to char black all over. After a few minutes, carefully cut into the breadfruit and eat its fleshy pulp steamed in its own juices…

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Frankly, it was reminiscent of very tasteless kamote. Or perhaps fluffy potatoes. Actually, it didn’t have much taste at all. And the texture wasn’t even all that appealing. So I am guessing this is an acquired taste… When I was a kid, I have near nightmare like memories of eating tons of fried breadfruit with latik during summer visits to relatives in Bohol. And fried breadfruit served with latik is actually quite appealing compared to this warm blob of charred breadfruit!

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But at least now you know. If there is nothing else to eat, you can probably survive by charring a breadfruit. So there. :) But trying to find the silver lining to charred breadfruit, I suspect this would be a lot better if you treated it a bit like a baked potato, and you topped the starchy base with say bacon, cheese, chillies, etc…

 

COMMENTS:

  1. EbbaMyra says:

    I can’t remember how this fruit taste, or vegetables? Kasi gina-gataan ito ng mga pinsan ko and eat it with rice. Or serve it with little sugar and have it with merienda (sometimes mashed it with grilled or boiled green saba).

    Aug 27, 2008 | 10:46 pm

     
  2. Bubut says:

    i love the fried bread fruit then dipped in sugar

    Aug 27, 2008 | 11:01 pm

     
  3. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    My only memory (childhood) of eating breadfruit was fried with latik…..I can’t seem to remember distinctive taste. I only remember the sweet taste of the latik!!!

    Aug 27, 2008 | 11:15 pm

     
  4. nina says:

    I like it cooked like a banana-Q or Camote-Q, coated with caramerized sugar…

    Aug 27, 2008 | 11:18 pm

     
  5. estella says:

    i once tried this coated in caramelized sugar…

    Aug 27, 2008 | 11:55 pm

     
  6. chinster says:

    We eat this a lot in Jamaica. The variety that tastes the best is what we call “yellow heart”. It’s served as the starch to accompany our national dish “ackee and saltfish” and also curried goat or jerk pork. Try frying it as well. After you’ve roasted it as above, peel it and core it, then slice it into thin wedges. Then fry the wedges until golden brown and crisp on the outside and sprinkle with salt. If you slice it really thin you basically make a chip; if you slice it thick you just add a different texture, some crunch.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 12:04 am

     
  7. Apicio says:

    Me neither but I guess marooned in a dessert island with no girl Friday to liven things up, one direly makes do with whatever is in the short menu and serving it with Jamaican savory dishes as Chinster above mentions would definitely give it a certain appeal. Incidentally, it was the same Captain Bligh who brought them a tree fruit from Africa called ackee which they serve with the salt cod dish. Splendid paring.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 1:00 am

     
  8. paoix says:

    it’s been many years since i’ve had colo! i vaguely remember its taste at this point. i think the only way i’ve had it is caramelized on a stick like Nina said.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 3:05 am

     
  9. natie says:

    that’s how we called it, too, paoix—-colo..sliced like spam and fried..delicious!

    Aug 28, 2008 | 4:09 am

     
  10. Fran Magbual says:

    I love breadfruit. If you get one that is just turning ripe, the flesh is sweet and really good baked this way also. When you bake even riper ones, the flesh becomes like a custard. The ripeness of the ones you have here make them good for dipping into thick, coconut-based soups and one of my favorite things is to dip it in lime and salt and eat with fish kelaguen (Guamanian style kilawen). It’s also really good for sopping up the sauce from pork or chicken adobo. Did I mention I love breadfruit? :-)

    Aug 28, 2008 | 4:49 am

     
  11. cumin says:

    Ay yes, wonderful childhood memories of my mother’s deepfried colo served with latik. That was the only way we knew how to eat it, but you’ve presented so many new interesting options.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 9:46 am

     
  12. AleXena says:

    Looks like the shell of an armadillo!!!=)

    is this the same as the fruit called NANGKA in Filipino?

    Good day Market Man!=)

    Aug 28, 2008 | 11:32 am

     
  13. jeune says:

    would anybody know where you can buy colo here in manila. i used to have it cebu often but couldn’t seem to find it here.:)

    Aug 28, 2008 | 1:35 pm

     
  14. penoybalut says:

    Can’t remember what it is called in Tagalog, “dalungyan” keeps coming up on my mind. But I remember breadfruit is good sweetened or candied (this I enjoy the most). We also cooked it with coconut milk and shrimp. Don’t remember seeing it in a ripe state though.

    I love your site Marketman, certainly reminds me of younger days and the joys of comfort food.

    Cheers,

    Aug 28, 2008 | 1:52 pm

     
  15. ay abaw says:

    Tastes like camote and fried like camote q too. In Tawi-Tawi, they call this Kilur.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 2:43 pm

     
  16. Marisa says:

    In our house they make it into a sweet… quite good, healthy snack. Not much different from camoteque or bananaque.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 2:47 pm

     
  17. lyna says:

    where I am, it is dipped in batter mixed with a bit of salt, not sugar and deep fried. it’s nice and crunchy.

    Aug 28, 2008 | 5:25 pm

     
  18. millet says:

    penoybalut, i think it’s called “rimas” in tagalog. my lola used to send us candied rimas – they were soft and chewy and sticky, and crunchy at the sugared edges. haven’t had candied breadfruit in a looong time.

    MM, perhaps you could top that grilled rimas with some roquefort dressing and bacon bits?

    Aug 28, 2008 | 7:25 pm

     
  19. Marketman says:

    millet, I like the cheese and bacon idea! For those that are curious, Kolo or Rimas differs from Kamansi or SEEDED breadfruit which also has a different skin. Lyna, yes, almost like chips if they are thin enough! jeune, I don’t see it often in Manila markets, but sometimes a few vendors carry it. AleXena, no, Nangka is Langka is Jackfruit. A relative of breadfruit but quite different. cumin, I spent days eating fried kolo and latik while visiting the relatives in bohol, at the time, I dreaded it because every house had it on offer… these days, I like it, but in small doses!

    Aug 28, 2008 | 7:33 pm

     
  20. Katrina says:

    I’ve never seen nor tried this. Gotta look for it next time I’m in Cebu or Bohol. I’m excited about having tried a couple of new fruits recently, though: marang and balimbing from Davao. (I know, how could I have waited so long?!). I enjoyed the marang! I love discovering a new delicious treat. :-)

    Aug 29, 2008 | 1:03 am

     
  21. alilay says:

    i remembere these rimas – always candied and the kamansi- ginataan like the unripe jackfruit, with shrimp or dried dilis

    Aug 29, 2008 | 4:31 am

     
  22. bedazzle says:

    Marketman, thanks for the information that breadfruit is rimas in tagalog because when my Jamaican brother-in-law visited the Philippines he told me he saw a breadfruit tree on our way to the province and I had to ask him to describe the fruit to me. All the while I thought it was kamansi. Now, when the brod-in-law comes to visit I’ll know what to serve him..hehehe..

    Oct 2, 2008 | 9:13 am

     
  23. mallika edema says:

    We in sri lanka this is a common fruit. Good for break fast, chunks cut and boiled with little salt, eat with grated coconut or sambol made out of coconut, onions, maldifish, lime and salt. tasty. Also we cook adding coconut milk, curry leaves, salt then temper with mustard and garlic. tasty when the gravy is really thick. ideal with rice or bread.

    Jan 6, 2009 | 7:27 pm

     
  24. el_jefe says:

    rimas is grown extensively in batangas along the coast…in bauan and lobo….it is called rimas or dalungyan in tagalog it can also be steamed and pounded with young coconut milk and butter just like ” nilupak” na kamoteng kahoy or saging na saba!!!! my cousins in the states carves for candied rimas! oh so yummy!!! its out of season now though it’ll start to flower at the onset of summer…..sarap!!!

    Oct 30, 2009 | 9:05 pm

     
  25. omar khayam says:

    i like to see a breadfruit up close, whree can i buy that kind of fruit?

    Apr 28, 2010 | 10:24 pm

     
 

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