Breadfruit (dok dok & lemmai)

Dokdok or lemmai?
  • Common name, Type: Breadfruit (dokdok: seeded) Fruit
  • Scientific name: Artocarpus mariannensis
  • CHamoru: Dokdok
  • Filipino: Rimas
  • Chuukese: mai
  • Common name, Type: Breadfruit (lemmai: unseeded) Fruit
  • Scientific name: Artcarpus altilis
  • CHamoru: Lemmai
  • Filipino: Rimas
  • Chuukese: mai

Flavor profile: Starchy, bready

Best used as: Very versatile


Here’s a PDN news article with several recipes compiled by Chef Anthony Pangelinan.

Breadfruit in coconut milk


  • 1 almost ripe breadfruit
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of sugar (optional)


1. Peel and boil breadfruit for 15 minutes until soft.

2. Add coconut milk and salt, pepper (optional) and sugar (optional).

Serve with fried fish.

Recipe courtesy of Ricardo Gubat via this PDN article.

Boñelos Lemmai (Lemmai Donuts)


  • 1 whole lemmai (breadfruit)
  • 1 can coconut milk (bright)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


1. Peel the skin on the lemmai and remove the seeds, if any.

2. Cut into six slices. Soak the lemmai slices in water for a half hour. Drain out the excess water and add 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 can coconut milk. Boil until soft. Remove from the heat and cool off. Blend the lemmai until smooth.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients, 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon baking powder.

3. Flour your board and roll.

4. Place in fryer 350 degrees Fahrenheit .

5. Finished when golden brown.

Serve with chocolate, pancake or maple syrup.

Recipe courtesy of this PDN article.

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