One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cycad native to tropical and southern Africa, which yields an edible starch.
Genus Encephalartos, family Zamiaceae
- ‘Cycads were known as the bread tree, as the local natives would remove the pith from the stem, bury it in the earth to rot, then knead it, make it into a cake and bake it in the embers of a fire.’
- ‘The Yaca, or bread tree, is very versatile in its modes of consumption and preparation, green or ripe, raw or baked, fried, boiled, juiced, etc.’
- ‘Many fruit trees can be found on the island: orange and lemon trees, banana trees, and the famous and typical bread trees.’
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