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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-14
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Fun in the Sun at Fiji
Theme(s): Edible [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-18 0:14
Viewed: 11647
Points: 31
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(Artocarpus altilis)
Fijian: ulu

I found this tree on Mana Island, Fiji, and learnt that it is called ULU in Fijian, or Breadfruit. It is a fruit I have heard of but never seen it before. So I hope it is of interest to you too.

Pacific islanders eat the popular seasonal fruit overseas, especially in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Looking up on the Internet I learnt that the breadfruit, or ulu is a cook’s delight. The breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), or ulu is nutritionally comparable to sweet potato and to taro. It is high in fibre and is one of the “better” carbohydrates. It is a good alternative to the white potato for those who are counting carbohydrates. When the ulu is (green) mature, it is high in starch. When the ulu is ripe, the starch turns to sugar making it sweet.

The ulu tree grows 40-60 feet tall. It has shiny dark, deeply lobed and the fruits can weigh up to 10 pounds. The ulu that is commonly found in Fiji bears fruit twice a year and it is seedless.

This fruit here must be an immature fruit, as its skin is very bumpy and the fruit is bright green. When picked, the immature ulu drips with white milky sap. The ulu is mature when the skin yellows and the milky sap begin to ooze though the skin. The bottom of the ulu may begin to brown but the stem will have white sap when picked.


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Perfect! great exposure, great DOF and composition, The lighting is well balanced and you've drawn me right to the center of attention. Paul :)

Great shot Janice,
Excellent detail, sharpness and composition. The colours and exposure are very good. Good POV. We had Breadfruit in Barbados, it's very popular there and seems to be with every meal.
Thanks for posting, have a good day

Ulu is how they also call their war-maces they used to throw at enemies, before whacking and eat them, they are shaped exactly like the bread-fruits, Fijians have quite an ethnographic culture richness...

Wonderful, I like the light and shadows and the different structures in this photo.
You made a beautiful shot with excellent sharpness, very well done, Janice, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-18 12:56]

Janice, to me a really great shot.

I do enjoy lighting and composition. Sharpness is excellent too.

I had never seen the fruit. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Janice, very interesting plant. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details. Well done.

Very nice shot Janice, Thank you!

Hi Janice,
The photo is excellent, but the education from the notes is priceless...for everything else theres master card.(Sorry could not resist that bad punch line) Great job as usual..

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-19 3:45]

Hello Janice!
Very nice capture.Lighting,DOF,POV,colors details and compostion are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • Joki (6)
  • [2005-09-19 16:24]
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Wasn't breadfruit "Bounty's" cargo when they mutinated against capt. Bligh? I seem to remember something wierd in the name of the plant. Even translated in Croatian it has the same meaning.
Great shot Janice.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-09-20 0:08]

HI Janice,
A very useful fruit by the sounds of it.
I like the texture of the fruit. The way you have caught the light on the fruit really helps make the texture come alive.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-20 5:51]
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A very interesting post, Janice. Thank you.

Kia ora

Great shot Janice! Nice light and colors. I like the texture of the fruit. Good composition and excellent sharpness. TFS!

Superb Janice!
I'm still amazed it's so many wonderful plants all around the world!
Great that you showed it.

Jancie, when I go through your gallery, I am always pleased with all the interesting posts I came across. Thanks for all of them, but specially for this one. I just love the way the BG isolates the subject. Very complicated but clean shot. Well done.

Fantastic view of a great food staple. The greens are wonderful and the textures of the broad leaves and spiked fruit are great. Well Done.

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