When I moved
into my own house on family land, I asked my father to help me plant a
breadfruit tree in my yard. It was a third generation plant by way of my uncle. My
father asked me what I was going to do with all the breadfruit. I planned
to eat some and give some away. The first year the breadfruit fruited, I
was able to keep up with giving away the fruits on my small tree by taking
it to friends, to the food bank and to any one else who was interested. By
the second year, the tree had more than doubled in size and I had more
than I needed or could give away. So began the annual Ulu dinners.
On the eve of the 5th
Annual Ulu Dinner, while the ulu tree is bearing flowers and ulu tree is
about to fruit once
more, the collection of what has become known as the ulu recipes, is now a
book. Our dinners have become the Ulu Festival with the few claiming
attendance to all dinners as ìcharter membersî. The ulu pastelles have
became the annual favorite served with a traditional meat filling and a
vegetarian filling. Ulu latkes come in a close second but ulu
"artichoke" is always the now comer's surprise.
This book embodies
the spirit of joining together and the years of sharing our stories of the
best, ulu we ever had including Roasted Ulu, the skin burnt but inside
sweet and ulu packed tight in the pot cooked with coconut milk until
sticky, ulu custard pie and ulu ice cream. Comfort food at its finest.
Also included are
substitutions for dairy and soy milk and lower sugar alternatives.
Vegetarian and Vegan recipes are also can be found.
continues to be used as a primary food source in the Pacific Islands of
Micronesia and Polynesia (Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Mauritius, Cook
Islands, Mariana Islands, Marquesas, Society Islands, Solomon Islands,
Vanuatu and Yap). Breadfruit is also found in Indonesia, Philippines, the
Seychelles, the Caribbean and in Africa. It was used In Hawaii more for
its plant products including wood for buildings and canoes, fiber
for cloth and latex as an adhesive for catching birds and caulking canoes.