old and recent past, people used to plant trees that not only would provide shade, but fruits also.
This lower income vicinity has plenty of old fruit trees including, Artocarpus altilis of legendary fame brought to film in Moutiny on the Bounty. It tells the story of the travels of this food staple for the British slaves in their territories in America.
But that is another story that perhaps you could research and write...later...
That other photo is an Anacardium occidentale with over 125 of age. It is so big and wide I took a picture of the trunk to provide an idea of the magnificence of this specimen.
The differences between these two are many, but the important one for now is that I have seen maybe thousands of mango and breadfruit trees in every conceivable country side and urban contexts in Puerto Rico, USA, but only ONE, cashew, shared here.
The amount of dishes, deserts created with the fruit of the featuring trees in the Caribbean is wide. Unfortunately, each others creativity with gastronomy is mostly unknown for the general population of the English, Spanish, French and miscelaneous languages/cultures in the Caribbean.
It would be interesting to publish an inventory of every tree in every island with their botanical names and all their gastronomical possibilities.
This type of botanical inventory would be helpful in many ways. For example,
if there was any interest in sharing the information among the mentioned, better controls for disease and integrated pest management could be developed.
An inventory of adequate trees for the urban context is necessary. Down here street trees are arbitrarily selected and planted foolishly by ignorant employees in the private and public sectors creating multiple and costly problems.
Problems with aesthetics, height, shape, leaves, organic waste, sidewalks, paved surfaces and water pipes are visible in any town and city streets of Puerto Rico... A systematic inventory for the country side/urban context would be useful to all.
that is that