Bread-Fruit-Tree, or the Artocarpus, L - a plant which grows in the South-Sea Islands, and is remarkable for the size and nutritive quality of its fruit. Although this tree has been mentioned by many voyagers, it was little noticed till the return of Captain Wallis from the South Seas. It grows in abundance on the La-drone Islands. In the Society Islands, it is of the size of a middling filing oak; its leaves 3re about a foot and a half in length, of an oblong shape, deeply sinuated like those of the fig-tree, which they resemble in colour; and, when broken, exude a milky juice. The fruit is shaped like a heart, and attains the size of a child's head. Its rind is thick, green, and covered with excrescences of a hexa-goual figure. The internal part of the rind is composed of a pulpy substance, full of twisted fibres : this pulp becomes softer towards the middle, where a small cavity is formed, containing no kernels or seeds. The inhabitants of Suma-tra dry the soft internal part, and use it as bread with other food. At Amboyna, they dress the inner rind with the milk of the cocoa-nut, and fry it in oil like fritters. It affords much nourishment, is very satisfying, and therefore proper for labouring people. Being of an astringent quality, it is also beneficial to persons of a laxative habit. Its taste is rather harsh, and similar to the potatoe-bread made in the West of England. The milky juice which issues from the trunk, when boiled with cocoa-nut oil, makes a very strong bird-lime.
From the investigations of botanists it appears, that this tree can only be propagated by suckers or layers, owing to a deficiency in the parts of fructification.