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.

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Benefits of Breadfruit “Ulu”

Ecological

  • Healthy fertilizer for plants and fauna
  • Fallen fruit breakdown in approximately 2 days
  • Helps to control erosion
  • Requires few agricultural inputs
  • Requires little water

Ecological

  • 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

Economic

  • Decrease cost in flour purchases
  • High demand for gluten-free products