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Economic Botany

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 326–335 | Cite as

Breadfruit fermentation in micronesia

  • Jennifer Atchley
  • Paul Alan Cox
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Abstract

Throughout Oceania, pit fermentation of starchy crops was used as means of ensuring a predictable food supply despite the vagaries of drought, cyclonic storms, and warfare. During a 6-mo period, fermentation techniques for breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) were studied in Micronesia in the islands comprising Majuro, Guam, Belau, Yap, and Ponape. Fermentation techniques were found to vary throughout Micronensia but as a whole to differ significantly from techniques used in Polynesia. We believe the benefits of such food preservation technologies to be significant in facilitating colonization of temporally marginal island environments.

Keywords

Fermentation Economic Botany Atoll Cyclonic Storm Coconut Milk 
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© New York Botanical Garden 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Atchley
    • 1
  • Paul Alan Cox
    • 2
  1. 1.Lewis and Clark CollegePortland
  2. 2.Department of Botany and Range ScienceBrigham Young UniversityProvo

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