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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Sunday, August 21, 2005
Posted 4:22 PM by Luigi
More on breadfruit and health
From Lois Englberger.
I would like to share with you our article in the Health Corner of the new issue of the Kaselehlie Press. The article focuses on the family and breadfruit, and presents also a photo of a young child, Bennett Solomon of Mand, who is helping his family prepare the "kansun" breadfruit, using the traditional hibiscus stick that has been cut and nicely smoothed. The other photo is of Pelihna Moses of Mand, of the Mand Community Working Group, as she presents the photo of the finished recipe of "kansun". Thanks to both and to all who contributed to this article, especially Kiped Albert of Mand and Tom Burkindine of KP!!
INVOLVING THE FAMILY IN BREADFRUIT RECIPES
In the last few weeks, there has been an amazing flurry of interest in breadfruit!!! After sending out the KP article "Breadfruit provides health benefits" to an email list, people started a dialogue that has continued for two weeks! One question was presented as to whether more local restaurants might offer a choice of breadfruit and rice. The potential of small-scale food processing was discussed, which led to a meeting 5 August at Pohnpei Agriculture. There a small group agreed upon priorities for the small-scale processing of breadfruit:
Anyone interested in making appointments with Dr. Beyer should contact Pohnpei Agriculture at 320-2400 for registration.
We would also like to here present another great breadfruit recipe. This is kansun, which can be made with any breadfruit variety. This recipe was prepared by Pelihna Moses of the Mand Community Working Group on June 30, 2005 as a part of the project to document the traditional food system of Pohnpei.
Family involvement is a traditional part of breadfruit production and consumption. During the survey work in Mand this last July, one family was preparing kansun and offered some to the survey team. The young son was skillfully peeling the kansun breadfruit, using the traditional hibiscus stick. What a great family activity!!! Thank you again to the families of Mand!!!
Dr. Lois Englberger, PhD
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