The National Tropical Botanical Garden is made up of five gardens, three of which are on Kauai. McBryde Garden is nestled in the historic Lawa’i Valley and is home to the largest ex situ collection of native Hawaiian flora in existence.
“What makes the gardens unique is that we have the largest living collection of native Hawaiian plants, as well as the largest living collection of breadfruit cultivars in the world,” said Breadfruit coordinator Noel Dickinson. Institute.
Breadfruit is a tropical flowering tree that produces starchy fruit. The National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Breadfruit Institute has initiated the Regenerative Organic Breadfruit Agroforestation Demonstration, known as “ROBA”. This impactful project tackles food insecurity and conservation.
“They say a mature breadfruit tree can feed a family of maybe four to six people for six months,” said Jon Letman of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. “And it could be prepared in many ways, from sweet to savory dishes.”
For thousands of years, different cultures have used breadfruit for survival and many believe it can help end world hunger. And the National Tropical Botanical Garden continues to promote breadfruit conservation with its environmental work.
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