A LOT HAS HAPPENED with breadfruit since April of 2018, when we received an email from Joseph Matara. He requested breadfruit trees for GRACE Foundation, which he runs in Kenya.
Oscar Odera of Nairobi also got involved. Oscar is a Kenya Rotary Club member who helps to feed needy children. He reports that he cooks porridge with the breadfruit flour, and the children love it and ask for more!
Because there were very few breadfruit trees in Kenya to propagate from, Trees That Feed has shipped in over 1,500 baby saplings. The baby saplings originate from Tissue Grown Corp., a nursery in California that specializes in cloning flowers, plants and trees. The trees are never genetically modified and they go through a rigorous phytosanitary inspection before being shipped. Now Kenya has breadfruit from three cultivars, ma’afala, ulu fiti, and pu’ua. Soon we will be sending 1,600 ma’afala and 600 otea breadfruit saplings to Kenya and have just received a permit from them to do so. Growing more cultivars allows for more biodiversity which can benefit the environment. In addition, different cultivars have different fruiting times, and more diversity in cultivars mean a longer fruiting season.
Thank you to Joseph Matara for his work and we hope to receive more updates soon!