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Quick-working crews keep busy with breadfruit bounty

  • PHOTOS BY RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    A Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative employee brings in cases of ulu to be processed on Aug. 29 in Honalo on Hawaii island.

  • PHOTOS BY RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    Employees cut up ulu at the Hawaii Ulu Producers Cooperative on Aug. 29.

  • PHOTOS BY RONIT FAHL / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER

    At left, ulu is cut into pieces after peeling; the most popular cut sold is quartered fruit. Steamed ulu, second from left, is weighed and packed by hand into bags, which are then boxed and frozen. Second from right, raw ulu soaks in lemon water to preserve the creamy hue of its flesh. Sliced ulu, right, are placed on trays of a commercial steamer that cooks 75 pounds of fruit at once.

During a busy shift, Anissa Lucero and her crew of five process a seemingly endless supply of freshly picked ulu. In fact, workers can get through 12,000 pounds of fresh fruit a day. Read more

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