Breadfruit where the story began

by Ana Pinto on

Trying out all the amazing food in Pitcairn is something I've been looking forward to very much! So far, I have tried some new fruits including the star apple, the pomplemousse and the best mango, bananas, coconut and passion fruit I’ve ever tasted!

Ana eating pomplemousse while Carol makes breadsticks
Eating pomplemousse while Carol makes bread-sticks

Bananas hanging up outside an islander's house
Bananas are picked and then hung outside people's homes...ready for hungry passers-by to eat!

During the evening meals, we eat locally caught fish such as yellow-fin tuna and meats such as chicken and beef. Carol has made some delicious Pitkern coconut rice for me - she warns me that I might want to eat it as a desert as it is so sweet, but I find that the sweetness of it compliments the meat dishes quite well!

Delicious Pitkern coconut rice and vegetable patties
Delicious Pitkern coconut rice and vegetable patties

Torika has made mulberry jam, which I have on my toast in the mornings and is delicious. It’s great to be able to get fruit right from your back garden, like they do here on Pitcairn. Banana trees are everywhere and so are palm trees with juicy green coconuts. One thing I was really keen to try was, of course, the breadfruit! Made famous in the Bounty story - it is native to French Polynesia and ended up on Pitcairn when the Mutineers arrived. The breadfruit is cooked a bit like potatoes - it can be fried, mashed, roasted and it is definitely an acquired taste!  

Ana and a breadfruit

I’ve had some wonderful evenings getting to know people here in Pitcairn. Carol’s family often get together on Friday and Saturday evenings and it is great to be here and share that with them. During dinner, I catch up with Carol's grandchildren, Kimiora (13) and Torika (12), who are both going off to boarding school in New Zealand in November. I ask them what they will miss the most, they say they will miss their family and the freedom to pick any fruit they want from the land around them in Pitcairn.  

Jo and Ana with Carol and Jay Warren's family
Jo and I with Carol and Jay Warren's family

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