In the spirit of Marder and Vieira's association of specific plants with particular philosophical modes I would propose a productive reading might be made of the significance of a number of plants in My Garden (Book): (1999), in very different locations: the Wisteria in her Vermont garden, the Breadfruit Tree
, and the Rubber Tree in the glass house in the Botanical Garden in Antigua.
"The breadfruit tree
my father planted" would need to become a breadfruit tree
, an example of artocarpus altilis, comparable to any other, at least in the grant application of the conservationist.
Today, there are no kitchen gardens, the breadfruit trees
are dying and the islanders' diet consists almost entirely of coconuts and fish.
But now the milk-sap glands had coagulated, and if I embraced it, wouldn't it just be like hugging a "freshly dead corpse?" [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (8) Like the traditional village society with its exchange economy, the breadfruit trees
were no longer there to provide sustenance and support for the culturally traumatized residents of the village.
The breadfruit trees
, a staple crop, are skeletons, poisoned by sea water.
grow in profusion in the valleys and ravines (ghauts) of northern Montserrat, and bear plentifully when in season.
In her book, Under the Breadfruit Tree
(1998), Monica Gunning's selection titled "Aunt Mae's Breadfruit Trees
" reveals that in her Jamaican community "no one goes hungry because of the abundance of Aunt Mae's breadfruits (the poor man's bread) and Aunt Mae's wide open hands" (p.
A procession of trucks weaves along the shoreline at 15 mph, cutting around jagged mountains and dense forests of banana and breadfruit trees
. Even though it's just after sunrise on a July day, the dead of winter here, the temperature already has eclipsed 90 degrees.
There would be no ice at the poles and tropical breadfruit trees
would grow on the coast of Greenland.
Walk in the deep shade of the world's largest collection of breadfruit trees
(above) to Pi'ilanihale Heiau, an ancient stone temple five stories high.
It means we can't see much on the one-hour journey to the luxury Windjammer Landings Resort, where white-washed villas stretch up lush hillsides, dotted with banana palms and breadfruit trees
When food was required for West Indian slaves, breadfruit trees
were brought directly from Polynesia; when the mariners on board the ship mutinied, they were deposited on Pitcairn Island.
In peak season breadfruit trees
bear in astonishing abundance, providing surpluses that can be fermented in pits (a process known as ensilage) and preserved for later use.
Lucia, where I had been dazzled by the tropical abundance--millions upon millions of mangoes hanging from the heavens, magnificent breadfruit trees
, banana plants stretching to infinity, almond trees growing wild on the beach.
After the old workers gather around a bowl of punch made with "our rum," he says, "then we climb Morne-Calvaire to look down on the expanse of our Gros-Morne: to see it spread toward Fonds-Saint-Denis, Marigot, Sainte-Marie; see it extend in an abundance of breadfruit trees
and litchis toward La Trinite and Le Robert; see it fall toward Lamentin and Saint-Joseph in purple swathes of sugarcane, mango trees, and well-raked lawns.