Does Breadfruit Have Seeds – Seedless Vs. Seeded Breadfruit

Sliced Breadfruit
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Breadfruit is an extremely popular tropical fruit that is gaining some traction in the rest of the world. Beloved as both a fresh, sweet treat and as a cooked, succulent staple, breadfruit is at the top of the culinary ladder in many countries. Not all breadfruits are created equal, however. One of the major divides is between seeded and seedless varieties. Keep reading to learn more about seedless vs. seeded breadfruit varieties.

Seedless Vs. Seeded Breadfruit

Does breadfruit have seeds? The answer to that question is a resounding “yes and no.” There are many different varieties and species of naturally occurring breadfruit, and these include several seeded and seedless types. When they do exist, seeds in breadfruit measure about 0.75 inches (2 cm.) long. They are oval shaped, brown with dark stripes, and pointed at one end and round at the other. Breadfruit seeds are edible and are usually eaten roasted. Seedless breadfruits have an oblong, hollow core where their seeds would normally be found. Sometimes, this hollow core contains hairs and small, flat, undeveloped seeds measuring no more than a tenth of an inch (3 mm.) in length. These seeds are sterile.

Seedless and Seeded Breadfruit Varieties

Some seeded varieties have an abundance of seeds, while some have only a few. Even fruits that are considered seedless may have a smattering of seeds in various stages of development. Also, some types of breadfruit that are considered the same may have both seeded and seedless varieties. It is because of this, there is often not a clear division between seeded and seedless varieties of breadfruit. Here are a few popular varieties of both seeded and seedless breadfruit trees: Popular Seeded Breadfruits

  • Uto Me
  • Samoa
  • Temaipo
  • Tamaikora

Popular Seedless Breadfruits

  • Sici Ni Samoa
  • Kulu Dina
  • Balekana Ni Vita
  • Kulu Mabomabo
Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.