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|Posted by:||Oct 28th 2002, 10:04:26 pm|
|Colin||I'm fascinated by this discussion. Is there significant production of breadfruit on North Eleuthera?|
|Posted by:||Oct 28th 2002, 02:16:57 pm|
|RHLMIA||Breadfruits are picked when maturity is indicated by the appearance of small drops of latex on the surface. Harvesters climb the trees and break the fruit stalk with a forked stick so that the fruit will fall. Even though this may cause some bruising or splitting, it is considered better than catching the fruits by hand because the broken pedicel leaks much latex. They are packed in cartons in which they are separated individually by dividers.
In the South Pacific, the trees yield 50 to 150 fruits per year. In southern India, normal production is 150 to 200 fruits annually. Productivity varies between wet and dry areas. In the West Indies, a conservative estimate is 25 fruits per tree. Studies in Barbados indicate a reasonable potential of 6.7 to 13.4 tons per acre (16-32 tons/ha). Much higher yields have been forecasted, but experts are skeptical and view these as unrealistic.
|Posted by:||Oct 26th 2002, 09:49:46 pm|
|Sledge||Can a kind sould please tell me how to recognize a ripe (ready to cook) bread fruit whilst it is still on the tree.
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