Breadfruit Kitchen Apron

Breadfruit Kitchen Apron

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Ensure your cooking is a work of art, when wearing this apron inspired by an original engraving on display in the Pacific Encounters Gallery at the National Maritime Museum.

The design uses an engraving of a breadfruit drawn by botanist and artist Sydney Parkinson who accompanied Captain Cook on the Endeavour voyage in 1768–71. 

Breadfruit is indigenous to the Pacific and has a complicated history, stemming from its use by the British as a cheap food for enslaved Africans forced to work on plantations in the Caribbean. Today the breadfruit is widely cultivated in some 90 countries throughout the world, and is a well-loved staple of African-Caribbean cuisine.

Its name is derived from the texture of the fruit when cooked, which resembles baked bread, but it has a potato-like flavour. It is commonly used in main courses, desserts and street food. 

Re-imagined in a beautifully vivid green colour palette and made from durable 100% cotton drill, it has natural coloured ties and an adjustable neck strap making it a practical must-have to protect your clothes in the kitchen.

Wash at 30 degrees. 

Made in Great Britain.

Exclusive to Royal Museums Greenwich. Part of the collection which includes matching tea towel and bespoke kitchen gifts inspired by the new Pacific Encounters gallery at the National Maritime Museum.

The original collection item 'A branch of the breadfruit tree with fruit' by John Sebastian Miller can be seen in the gallery. Initial field drawings of this plant were done by Scottish botanist and natural history artist Sydney Parkinson during Captain James Cook's first Endeavor voyage (1768-71). Captain Cook (1728-1779) made three separate voyages to the Pacific (with the ships Endeavour, Resolution, Adventure, and Discovery) and did more than any other voyager to explore the Pacific and Southern Ocean. 

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