Unveiling the Power of Breadfruit
Originating from the South Pacific over 3,000 years ago, breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a tropical tree that belongs to the Moraceae family. The rich and adventurous history grows as the fruit was transported through the Pacific Islands. Finally making its way over the sea, it was first planted in Key West around the 1850’s.
In 2019, Grimal Grove planted the first breadfruit grove in the Continental United States.
These large, starchy fruits have been cultivated for centuries, serving as a staple food source in many regions. With a green, bumpy exterior and a texture reminiscent of bread when cooked, breadfruit offers a rich and unique culinary experience.
WHY BREADFRUIT IS THE FUTURE:
Breadfruit trees are excellent carbon sinks, absorbing significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing greenhouse gases.Breadfruit sequesters more carbon than any other staple crop.
Breadfruit trees are known for their remarkable productivity, with each mature tree capable of producing hundreds of fruits per year. One tree can feed a family of four for a lifetime.
The extensive root system of breadfruit trees helps prevent soil erosion by anchoring the soil and reducing the risk of nutrient runoff.
Breadfruit is a highly nutritious fruit, rich in dietary fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals.
“Grimal Grove’s goal is to be the epicenter for breadfruit: production, propagation and research in continental United States.”
-Patrick Garvey(Owner & Operator)
“We’ve planted over 300,000 [bread]fruit trees in Haiti, Jamaica and 18 other countries. We also provide equipment and training to individuals and groups for production of post-harvest food products. TTFF is proud of the successful young entrepreneurs we have helped to launch. We purchase and distribute tasty breadfruit porridge and other foods to schools, orphanages and hospitals. And we provide education to children about the advantages of planting trees.”
-“Mission”, Trees That Feed Foundation
Grimal Grove and Trees That Feed Foundation work hand in hand to solve a food crisis across the globe. We are very grateful for The Trees that Foundation, who assists with guidance, networks and breadfruit plants.
We strongly believe in sustainable farming practices that prioritize environmental preservation and social responsibility. Breadfruit is a solution.
Mutiny Island Vodka and Breadfruit in the Florida Keys
In September 2017 Hurricane Irma devastated both Chef Todd Manley and Patrick Garvey’s home islands of St. Croix and Big Pine Key. Unbeknown to either, this natural disaster would forge a friendship and business relationship around breadfruit.
During the storm and without power, Chef Todd experimented with the first crude batch of breadfruit vodka. In 2019 Chef Todd Manley and partner Distiller Chris Richenson founded Mutiny Island Vodka, the first spirit made from Breadfruit.
Mr. Garvey’s Grimal Grove was decimated from Hurricane Irma. The next two years it appeared that Grimal Grove had no chance to return, however Patrick observed the resilience of one breadfruit tree. In 2019 it inspired him to plant the first breadfruit grove in continental United States.
In 2020 Patrick knew he needed to figure out what to do with all the breadfruit which would be producing in the next couple years.
Unfortunately the timing of COVID 19 crippled the world in many ways. It created many obstacles for Garvey to realize his vision. Mutiny Island Vodka launched in late 2019 were faced with enormous roadblocks in launching the first spirit made from breadfruit.
Despite the seemingly insurmountable challenges, Garvey had a dream that Mutiny and the Grove had a future together.
In 2021, he flew to St. Croix on a whim to meet Chef Todd Manley.
A serendipitous adventure has led to the first spirit made from Florida Keys agriculture.
Get involved and give back to mother nature. Each bottle bought, helps plant a tree and build sustainable food systems.
The Grimal, crafted with Mutiny Island Vodka made exclusively from Grimal Grove’s breadfruit, offers a truly unique drinking experience that showcases the distinctive flavors and characteristics of this remarkable fruit. Try this legendary drink at home, or, on your next tour.
- 1 1/2 ounces of Mutiny Island Vodka (or MIV ROOTS)
- 2 ounces of FRESH pressed Sugar Cane
- 1/2 of a Freshly Squeezed Key Lime
- Shaken & Poured over Ice