Economic Botany

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

Breadfruit fermentation in micronesia

  • Jennifer Atchley
  • Paul Alan Cox


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.


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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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