Butter and bread from... trees

Is it possible to get butter and bread from... trees? It turns out that among the tropical forests of Asia, low trees grow, which annually bloom with lush large inflorescences, resembling a large club in their shape. A few months after pollination, a large round fruit weighing up to 12 kg is formed from each such inflorescence. This breadfruit is widely known here. At first, its fruits are green, and then, when ripe, yellowish-brown. And inside there is a whitish-yellow dough-like pulp. 700-800 fruits ripen on one tree.

Is it possible to get butter and bread from... trees?

If ripe fruits are wrapped in leaves and baked in hot ash, you can get something that looks like rolls with an appetizing smell of bread. They taste a little sweet. A person can feed on the fruits from three or four such trees throughout the year.

The fruits of one of the breadfruit trees in Africa reach up to half a meter in diameter and weigh up to 14 kg. And on the island of Madagascar there is a breadfruit with a height of 20 m with a trunk girth of 50 m. Thousands of birds and small animals have found shelter in its crown, and a garage for several cars is arranged in a huge hollow. The age of this green patriarch is unknown.

Along with the coconut tree, the breadfruit plays an important role in the nutrition of the population of the tropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. Its fruits are eaten raw, boiled and baked. Various drinks are prepared from unripe ones, and puddings and even biscuits are baked from ripe ones. They also eat toasted seeds. Clothes, ropes, and fishing tackle are made of young bast fibers. The milk sap secreted by these trees is used as glue. Light hats are made from the leaves, and the broth is used to treat gastrointestinal diseases. So, this is not a tree, but a real all-rounder.

Among the variety of tropical vegetation, along with trees that can replace confectionery and bakeries, there are those that produce... butter.

The homeland of the oil palm is West Africa, in particular, the coast of the Gulf of Guinea. Its "oil" is a thickened juice. In terms of its taste, it almost does not differ from ordinary butter. However, this butter does not spread well on bread. In addition, you cannot fry on it, since it contains a lot of water. The local population uses it extensively as a food product and grows large oil palm plantations.

In North America, in Mexico, another olive tree grows - the evergreen avocado, which for some reason is also called the "alligator pear".

Each of its fruit, similar to a pear, weighs up to 600 g and contains oil, which is well absorbed by the body. On average, up to 200 kg of fruits are harvested from one tree.

And in the wilderness of the tropical forests of South America, on the shores of the Amazon, a palm tree was recently discovered, which gives juice, which tastes like milk, and its fruits, in addition, contain an "oil" similar to olive.