Breadfruit “Ulu” Flour
Breadfruit or Ulu is a traditional staple crop throughout Oceania. This starchy fruit is high in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and can be made into gluten-free flour. It has the capacity to provide up to 6 t/ha (tons per hectare: 1 hectare = 2.5 acres), which is impressive when compared to dominant staple crops like rice (4.11 t/ha); corn (4 t/ha); and wheat (2.6 t/ha).
Ulu has become a key component in some agroforestry systems in the Pacific region because it provides high yields, requires low agricultural inputs and offers a sustainable production system.
Benefits of Breadfruit “Ulu”
- Healthy fertilizer for plants and fauna
- Fallen fruit breakdown in approximately 2 days
- Helps to control erosion
- Requires few agricultural inputs
- Requires little water
- Highly nutritious- high in vitamin C, B1, B6, E, Niacin, Potassium, Zinc, Omega fats, and Manganese
- Known as a cholesterol controller- lowers LDL and raises HDL
- Known to reduce symptoms related to asthma
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Produces low fat gluten-free flour
- Decrease cost in flour purchases
- High demand for gluten-free products