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Curiously enough, in Jamaica, Cuba and Dominican Republic breadfruit is still considered food for pigs. Higman advances a fascinating thesis about this, saying that probably slaves refused it after its arrival to St. Vincent and Jamaica in 1791, because of it "being promoted explicitly as a food for slaves and as one imposed by the masters". Higman concludes that "seen in this way, reluctance to accept the breadfruit at the expense of the long-established roots and fruits of the provision grounds was not simple conservatism (something common enough in the history of taste) but rather a vehicle o resistance to the will of the slave-owning class". Why it was on the contrary in Puerto Rico?
If we accept Higmans`s thesis, then the provision grounds in Puerto Rican sugar plantations were never a well established slave-feeding practice in the administrative logic of plantations, and breadfruit grew wild up the hills, passing its appreciation to plots of "agregados" and rural laborers plots. From here, possibly, it taste spread.
Barry Higman does not mention durian in his book, although Jamaica had a long history of British colonialism, and for that reason more "close" to Äsian cultivars, as durian.