Bread fruit-- irppla, kadapila in tamil

Breadfruit is a member of the mulberry family. Native to the Malay Peninsula and the western Pacific Islands, breadfruit is soft with yellow, cream-coloured flesh. Research indicates that the fibre content in the fruit could control diabetes, by reducing the absorption of glucose by the body.

The fibre present in breadfruit regulates bowel movements. Regular consumption of breadfruit could help reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Breadfruit contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which stimulate metabolism, and the growth of skin, hair and bone.

It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron and phosphorous.

The flower can be eaten as a vegetable. The immature fruit can be cooked or stored for future use and the mature fruit eaten raw or baked. The seeds are cooked immediately or dried and used when required.

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