What is a Breadfruit Tree?
Breadfruit is a fast growing tree native to the Pacific islands but can be cultivated, using propagation and grown naturally in very warm climates. A mature tree stands at an average of 85 feet tall and can produce up to 700 lbs of food per year. The Breadfruit tree produces fruit from June through November. Oxygenating the soil by its roots will dispense nutrients making Haiti’s depleted soil mineral rich and preventing future landslides.
A Breadfruit is a large green, round fruit that can easily provide the carbohydrate and protein portion of a meal for a family of five. The fruit similar in likeness to a potato, can be boiled, baked, fried, stewed or powdered into gluten free flour. The nutrition of a breadfruit surpasses all superfoods in the entire world. This protein, potassium packed food has the potential to solve world hunger!
WE NEED YOUR HELP
The 900 project is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is raising money to help change the culture and community in the poor village of in Tilory, Haiti.
In partnership with the Trees That Feed Foundation, we have committed to bringing 5000+ breadfruit trees to the village of Tilory. The trees will be raised initially at one of Trees That Feed’s nurseries in Port Au Prince, and then transported to Tilory to be planted and cultivated.
This is a perfect project for Haiti due to the trees ability to grow at a rapid rate and need little maintenance. Haiti’s climate is ideal for this tropical tree that loves hot humid weather and does not require a lot of water and likes full sun. The tree needs to be planted in well drained soil which means Haiti’s land is perfect due to its rocky terrain.
Once the trees start growing they will produce fruit after 3 years. This will substantially change decades of starvation in the village of Tilory. The mass planting of 5,000 Breadfruit trees will help the economic growth by creating a market of buying and selling of Breadfruit.
Breadfruit contains essential vitamins and minerals. It is rich in riboflavin, iron, niacin, thiamin, iron and phosphorus. It contains minerals like potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, selenium and phosphorus. It is low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium.
Like other tropical fruits, breadfruit also contains high amounts of calories. It contains small amounts of flavonoids and antioxidants in the form of xanthin and leutin. Breadfruit contains high amounts of Vitamin C.
Josh John's Story. Read About His Experience In Haiti.
PM360 RECENTLY SPOKE TO JOSH JOHN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CARDIOVASCULAR MARKETING AT BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM PHARMACEUTICALS, ABOUT GIVING BACK IN HAITI AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
PM360: You recently went on mission trips to both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Why were you there?
Josh John: I started working with a group called The 900 Project, which built more than 900 latrines in Tilori, Haiti over the course of five years. Tilori was experiencing an outbreak of cholera simply because people didn’t have anywhere to go to the bathroom. But since they started, they have been able to stop the outbreak.
HOW WE DID START
The 900 Project.
The 900 Project is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is raising money to help change the culture and community in a poor village in Tilory, Haiti. Started in 2012 when a Short Term Missions trip from Black Rock Church - Fairfield, CT, drove around the village of Tilory Haiti and wanted to make a difference.