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Breadnut is the fruit of the breadnut tree (Brosimum alicastrum) in the Moraceae family. The tree, also known as Maya nut and Ramon (particularly in Spanish-speaking regions), disperses its fruits which are large seeds covered by thin, citrus-flavored, orange-colored skins, to the ground in March and April. The bread nut is a favorite with a number of forest creatures.
Breadnuts are edible, and can be eaten cooked, sun-dried and roasted, or can be leached and ground into powder. The bread nut tastes like mashed potato if stewed; and like chocolate or coffee if roasted. In Peten, Guatemala, the breadnuts are cultivated for local consumption and exportation as powder, for hot beverages and for making into breads.
The breadnut is high in fiber, calcium, potassium, folic acid, iron, zinc, protein and vitamin A, C, E and B.