Breadfruit Tree

Scientific name: Artocarpus altilis
Common names: Breadfruit

Breadfruit, scientifically known as Artocarpus altilis, belongs to the botanical family that includes mulberries and jackfruits. This flowering tree is indigenous to regions such as New Guinea, the Maluku Islands, and the Philippines. For more than 3,000 years, breadfruit has served as a fundamental crop in the Pacific region. The term “breadfruit” originates from the Greek terms “artos” meaning bread and “karpos” meaning fruit, while “altilis” signifies “fat.”

Mutiny Island Vodka stands out as the pioneer in utilizing breadfruit to create vodka. Crafted with Caribbean rainwater at the Sion Farm Distillery in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, this exceptional vodka boasts flavors of citrus and green banana.

Medicinal uses:
Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) has several medicinal uses in traditional medicine systems:

  1. Digestive Health: Breadfruit is rich in dietary fiber, which can aid digestion and promote bowel regularity. It is sometimes used to treat constipation and other digestive issues.
  2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Some traditional medicine systems use breadfruit to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and treat conditions like arthritis.
  3. Skin Health: Breadfruit contains antioxidants and vitamin C, which can help promote healthy skin. It is sometimes used in topical treatments for skin conditions like eczema and acne.
  4. Respiratory Health: In some cultures, breadfruit is used to treat respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis. It is believed to have expectorant properties that can help clear the airways.
  5. Antioxidant Effects: Breadfruit contains antioxidants that can help protect the body against oxidative stress and damage from free radicals.
  6. Wound Healing: Some traditional medicine practices use breadfruit leaves or sap as a poultice to promote wound healing and reduce the risk of infection.
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