For the life of me, I don’t know what the English name for this fruit is. Its’ shape and feel is similar to the Breadfruit and even maybe a Jackfruit. Someone out there can confirm its name with me.
No too many people talk about this fruit or even take photographs of it. Maybe because not too many people come across it or the those who do, don’t think too highly of it. I first heard of the fruit in high school but then over the years I have heard it in stories from people who lived or walked in the mountains and bushes especially those who lived in the Kurti area. So a few days ago, my mum brought one home. She found it by the bush track she was walking in. The fruit grows from a tree 10-15 meters up and can be found in the bushes rather than in clear spaces in the community.
So the name in the local Kurti language is call ‘Pakan’ (prounced as Pah-kan). It very much looks like a breadfruit but even though it is round, the skin is very hard. This means that when it falls from the tree it grows on and lands on the ground, its’ insides dont smash or become squashy. People often locate the fallen pakan on the ground underneath the tree. If one doesn’t see it immediately, the smell gives it away. It smells sweet like freshly cooked breadfruit over an open fire. When you break it open with a knife, the flesh dry and stable has seeds imbedded in it like small pebbles. The taste is a cross between a baked kaukau (sweet potato) and a pineapple. Its easy on the mouth and goes down well because the smell is pleasant.
You should try one when you visit Manus!