ʻUlu cv. ‘Maʻafala’
‘Ulu (breadfruit) trees begin bearing fruit in 3 to 5 years, and are productive for many decades. The starchy, potato-like, fruit is harvested when firm and exuding sap. At that stage, it can be made into a variety of tasty dishes. Breadfruit is a great source of calcium, and is high in vitamins A and B. The trunk can be used for making pahu (drums), papa he‘e nalu (surfboards), and papa ku‘i ‘ai (poi pounding boards). Medicinally, a remedy to treat koko‘ino (bad blood) was made with ‘ulu, and the sticky latex was used as glue to caulk canoes and to catch birds. Yellow, tan and brown kapa dyes can be made from the male inflorescence of ‘ulu. Traditionally, `ulu is planted at the birth of a child to provide a life-time of food.
ʻAʻohe ʻulu e loaʻa i ka pōkole o ka lou.
No breadfruit can be reached when the picking stick is too short.
Meaning: there is no success without preparation.