Rimas / Breadfruit is Our Locally Known Antipolo Tree

I know about this plant since childhood, the antipolo tree. The tree used to be our source of dagta (latex). It is stickier and longer lasting than latex of langka (jackfruit). We are using the latex to capture cicadas. Locally known as yayay, kuliglig or kagang. Kagang are black big cicadas while kuliglig and yayay are grey in color and smaller in size. They are fun to catch because they are creating continuous high pitch sounds.

The latex are strong enough to catch small birds. It is applied on top of bamboo pole. Birds that alight on bamboo tip are unlucky though some are able to escape if given enough time.

Fully grown tree, about the size of Meralco post is good lumber for house construction.

Trees are very abundant here in Philippines but no one want to propagate them. People only value this tree for its wood.

It has irregularly shaped large leaves. It bears fruit similar to langka but much smaller, about the size of two closed fist. Fruits are just falling on ground, cause we believed that they are not edible. No one tried cause it might result to unwanted incidents.

Last Saturday evening, the breadfruit / rimas was one of the featured fruits on Jessica Soho: To solve the crisis regarding the unstoppable bread price hike, Marinduque State University developed cup cake and pulvoron out rimas flour. The flour is made by peeling young breadfruit, slicing thinly, blanching in hot water, drying for at least six hours or until crispy, then grinding.

breadfruit cross section whole

I never know how they able to make cup cake out of rimas flour. Maybe it has substance similar to gluten or HPMC (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose).

The bread fruit seems familiar but I cannot remember where and when I saw it. I examined the picture again over the internet and found out that it is the antipolo tree. The two big tree that I always see over our house window.


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2 Comments

  • Artocarpus blancoi is antipolo, the fruit is not edible as rimas is, which is Artocarpus altilis or the bread fruit. However, when I was young back at Liliw, Laguna our friends used to collect the seeds of fallen fruits of antipolo and fried them as peanuts, adobong mani style, and eaten as such. The only thing is that you have to remove the hard outer coat of the seed (like that of the outer coat of langka seeds when we eat boiled langka seeds (-w/c another “wild” snack, back then)

    • nice idea. it’s really like the langka seeds. going to try it as soon as I have the chance.

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