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NTBG Plant Name:
Artocarpus altilis Ebechab
February 11, 1998
Oikuul Village. Growing along foot path heading from unpaved road. Approximately 70 m before Kamen Chin's (Chief of Conservation) house.
No fruits. Rough-skinned, seedless cultivar. Fruits very similar to Errud and often indistinguishable. Leaves symmetrical, elongate, narrow. Deeply dissected, almost to mibrib, with four pairs of narrow lobes with slightly undulate margins. Dull green blade with yellow veins. Many long white hairs on upper veins. Underneath slightly rough. Tree 0.5 m diameter. Height 13 m.
From Cultivated Plant:
Specimen preserved in 70% alcohol before drying
Name means 'sprinkled with ash'; fruit is best prepared by roasting in a fire. Informant: Naito Soalodaob. Seedless breadfruit cultivars (Midolab, Meriaur, Ebechab, Errud) are known as Meduu. Fruits are prepared by peeling, slicing, and boiling. Can be mixed with coconut milk. Slices can also be fried. Whole fruits are barbecued (roasted) in a fire. Today, few Palauans, especially children, eat breadfruit or other traditional staple foods such as taro or tapioca. Imported starches such as rice, bread, and cereal are peferred. Wood of Meduu or Ebiei is used for house construction and formerly canoes.
Date of Last Update:
September 24, 2019