Breadfruit takes centre stage at Heritage Fest

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!

SEVERAL varieties of the Jamaican breadfruit plant, and tasty dishes prepared from the popular staple, will be on display at the Institute of Jamaica's (IOJ) annual Heritage Fest, scheduled for the IOJ, 10-16 East Street, Kingston, tomorrow, beginning at 9:00 am.

The one-day event, being held under the theme 'Celebrating 225 years of the Breadfruit: From Bligh to Roast 'n' Fry', will also feature a panel discussion, concert, culinary competition, heritage tours, exhibitions, and booths.

It is one of the signature events of the IOJ — an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport — to celebrate October as Heritage Month.

There will be a panel discussion on the value of the breadfruit.

The slated panellists are secretary-treasurer and co-founder, Trees That Feed Foundation, Mike McLaughlin; senior lecturer, Department of Food Production, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Professor Laura Nkrumah; senior lecturer, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Dr Seymour Webster; and national home economics coordinator, Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Alicia Fulton.

Admission to Heritage Fest is free, and students, teachers and residents from nearby communities are invited to join the experience.

The IOJ's Deputy Director Nicole Patrick Shaw told JIS News that the event is being held to commemorate the breadfruit's arrival in Jamaica.

She said the objective is to enable the public to “gain a better understanding of the history of the breadfruit as well as its medicinal, economic and nutritional value”.

“The breadfruit is part of our history. It is a diverse fruit that has so much potential as an economic product [and] as a medicinal product,” she said, adding that it is among the “unique resources within our environment that we can utilise to our benefit”.

In a JIS publication, Our Culinary Heritage — reprinted in 2003, the book states that the first breadfruit brought to Jamaica was obtained in the South Pacific by Captain William Bligh and shipped aboard the HMS Providence in 1793.

The breadfruit would, over time, become an affordable source of food for the large number of slaves who worked on the island's sugar cane plantations.

Shaw said the Heritage Fest will be useful to people interested in “profiting from the breadfruit and who would love to learn new recipes”.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon