Currently in Melbourne — August 31st, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — August 31st, 2022

The weather, currently.

It’ll be a chilly start to the day with a low of 6°C at breakfast time. But with rain and winds easing, and clouds clearing throughout the day, we can look forward to a relatively pleasant top of 16°C in the afternoon. If you’ve been cooped up inside waiting for a dry spell to stretch your legs in, now’s your chance; wet weather is predicted for the later in the week, so take it while you can. Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen though, because even if the temperatures are still wintry, the UV index is on the rise. Speaking of which, if you have kids, you'll need to dig their school hats out of the back of the wardrobe this evening, as they’ll be expected to wear them outdoors from September 1st. Happy hunting!

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

If you’ve never eaten a breadfruit, now is the perfect time!

According to reporting by Smithsonian magazine, the fruit could play a role in addressing global hunger as well as food security adaptation amid global warming and climate change.

Breadfruit is very versatile, as it can be dried and ground into flour –– its trees provide abundant shade for humans and wildlife alike, and it’s been used to treat various skin ailments. The perennial custard-y fruit is also very rich in nutrients and requires less labor, water and fertilizer than annual crops.

“I really think it has a lot of potential to help people, especially in the tropics, where 80 percent of the world’s hungry live,” Diane Ragone, founder of the Breadfruit Institute, told Smithsonian magazine in 2009. “It’s low-labor and low-input; much easier to grow than things like rice and corn. And because it’s a tree, the environmental benefits are huge compared to a field crop.”

Past research has found that yields of staple crops like corn, wheat and rice may decline due to climate change, particularly in areas close to the equator. The breadfruit, on the other hand, is more resilient to rising temperatures. In conjunction with other food security adaptations and solutions, this tropical fruit could make a real difference.

—Aarohi Sheth