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Breadfruit might relieve Cuban flour shortages

After a year of flour shortage in Cuba, last week the government announced the launch of a project on the Isle of Youth to obtain breadfruit flour. The goal is to obtain this raw material to have greater availability or directly to replace wheat flour. The breadfruit tree (Artocarpus altilis) is a resource available in the area and there are 50 producers dedicated to it.

Breadfruit flour is considered a very healthy product, with a higher nutritional quality than other vegetable flours. Some studies consider it “an innovative creative alternative for the formulation and preparation of suitable foods, that is, processed to provide protein elements, accompanied by non-empty calories.”

In May 2021, the Cuban government announced a 30% reduction in the sale of unrationed bread due to the lack of wheat flour. It also reported a 50% drop in the delivery of the product to the gastronomic network and state agencies, although it aspired to guarantee the sale of rationed bread and the Health and Education sectors.



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