There has been much written on breadfruit and this is the first time that it is connected with the manna of the Exodus. The remarkable narrative legacy of the Holy Bible, Talmud, Zohar, and Midrashim present many similarities which, if brought together in a comprehensive agreement, cannot be ignored: It was not until the slaves were liberated that breadfruit became a staple diet; manna became everyday food after the Israelites were freed from slavery. It saved them from starvation. Breadfruit falls from trees reaching into the sky; the manna fell from the sky. Breadfruit can be found in subtropical places; the Israelites found the manna in a subtropical place not far from Elim (Palms), which had twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees. Breadfruit trees need humidity; there was dew in the camp of manna. Breadfruit is covered by a sticky white sap or latex; the manna had a fine substance as frost on the surface. The interior of breadfruit is white in color; the manna was white. People at first did not know what breadfruit was and refused to eat it; the Israelites complained about eating manna. Breadfruit can get moldy; the manna got infested with maggots and stank. One breadfruit equals the portion of the Omer of manna weighing 43 eggs. Breadfruit can be baked, grilled, fried, or boiled and served as dessert, the necessities for cooking fell with the manna. Mature breadfruit can be made into pudding; the manna tasted like rich cream. Starch and some fructose are inherent to the flavor of breadfruit, the manna tasted like a dough kneaded with oil and smeared with honey. Breadfruit’s bland taste allows it to absorb a wide variety of flavors; manna had the flavor of all types of food. Breadfruit is a universal food; before there were Israelites the manna was given in the wilderness. Breadfruit falls outside the land of Israel; when the Israelites reached the land of Canaan the manna stopped…
From the prologue of Bread from the tree of Eden, Walter Hilliger, (2020) Guadeloupe, FR. ISBN 10-806-3322-7.
A few photos and videos of the research since 2011:
Note: No breadfruit was let go to waste, until “it became infested with maggots and stank” (Exodus 16:20), for reasons of hygiene.