The breadfruit tree is found in the South Pacific islands and, to a lesser degree, in other parts of the tropics. It is an extremely handsome tree, growing up to 60 feet high. The oval leaves are a pleasant, glossy green and quite large. There are two distinct forms of breadfruit, one seedless and the other containing many seeds which, when boiled or roasted taste much like chestnuts.
The breadfruit, which contains a considerable amount of starch, is not really a fruit in the popular sense and rarely eaten raw. It can be boiled or baked, served with salt, butter or syrup, and even sliced and fried like potatoes. The tree has been cultivated in Malaya since remote antiquity. It can also be found in the West Indies where Captain Bligh, of H.M.S. Bounty, introduced it on a later voyage.