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AKEE / ACKEE #1

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William Bligh, Captain of the famous Her Majesty's Service BOUNTY (of the Mutiny On The Bounty fame) is credited with bringing Ackee from West Africa to the Caribbean Islands, and specifically into Jamaica in 1793.

 

It is therefore no wonder that Ackee, a member of the Sapindaceae (Soapberry) family and relative of the Lychee and the Longan has derived its scientific name of Blighia sapida in honor of Captain Bligh.

 

Ackee has now become a major feature of various Caribbean cuisines, the most famous being the national dish of Jamaica, Ackee with Salt Cod.

 

Strangely enough, the fruit of the Ackee is not edible. It is only the fleshy arils around the seeds that are edible. The remainder of the fruit, including the seeds are poisonous. The fruit must only be picked after the fruit has opened naturally, and must be fresh and not overripe. Immature and overripe Ackees are also poisonous.

 

An Ackee is headed towards maturity.

Blighia sapida

Family Sapindaceae

Richard Lyons Nursery, Homestead, Florida, USA.

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Taken on October 30, 2010