Jamaican Ackee
It's Versatility and History

start_here_if_new_image_link
Custom Search




jamaican ackee

Jamaican Ackee, contributed

According to one writer, if there was a code word for all Jamaicans it probably would be Ackee. Not only is ackee a key ingredient our national dish - 'ackee and saltfish', it is also officially the national fruit and a national symbol of Jamaica.

The tree is not endemic to the Caribbean but rather, was introduced from West Africa in the 18th century during the slave trade. Its name is derived from the West African Akye fufo.

It was first introduced to Jamaica, then later to Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Barbados and others. It was subsequently introduced to Florida in the United States.

jamaican ackee

The plant was named Blighia sapida in honour of Captain William Bligh who, in 1793, took samples to Kew Gardens in South London.

Ackee trees are found all across Jamaica. There are two bearing seasons: between January to March and June to August- although my yard tree appears to bear right throughout the year!

The fruit turns red on reaching maturity and splits open with continued exposure to the sun.

Traditionally it is at this time that the ackees are harvested and the edible portion (the arilli) removed and cleaned in preparation for cooking.

This delicacy is enjoyed by many at breakfast or as an entree. Along with saltfish (cod) used in our national dish, Jamaican ackee is a favourite for many when served with pork, salted mackerel, tinned mackerel, etc.

There is now also ackee quiche, ackee stuffed peppers, cream of ackee soup, ackee stuffed chicken leg, ackee pizza, and the now - increasingly popular ackee punch!

The canned product is exported to ethnic markets worldwide and continues to be enjoyed by both visitors to the island and Jamaicans residing overseas.

ackee tree in jamaica

Ackees on tree in Jamaica

In terms other uses, the oil of the ackee arils contains many important nutrients, especially fatty acids. Linoleic, palmitic and stearic acids are the primary fatty acids found in the fruit.

The dried seeds, fruit bark and leaves are used medicinally while the fruit is used to produce soap in some parts of Africa.

In 2006, one of our local communities, Linstead in St. Catherine, hosted the Inaugural Ackee Festival, where all types and varieties of preparations of ackee were showcased.

So although it is not indigenous to Jamaica, it has remarkable historic and cultural associations here.

And by the way other names and variant spellings include Akee, akee apple, Achee, or vegetable brain!

acke pod

References:
1. "Jamaican Ackee", The Department of Chemistry, UWI Mona. .
2. "Ackee", Wikipedia.com 3. "The Ackee Fruit", The Science Creative Quarterly.
3. "Ackee", About.com.
4. "A Book Dedicated to Ackee", Jamaica Gleaner.
5. "Ackee Festival for Linstead", Jamaica Information Service.

Originally Posted: 9/25/2009

Pages Related To Jamaican Ackee

Return to Jamaican Food from Jamaican Ackee
Return to My Island Jamaica from Jamaica Ackee

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recommended For You ...

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on matching products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed.

Amazon.com, by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products that are related to your search. Be sure to check them out.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at Amazon.com.

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool, It works!

Or, simply click here to ask me the questionI'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours!


Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

About The Author

wellesley gayle - booking link

A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 8,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.

He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See.

SEARCH THE SITE



Trending Now

My Gift To You!

101 FACTS ABOUT JAMAICA
EMAIL IT PLEASE

Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

JamaicaSunshine Tours.com

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Jamaica's Blue Mountain Coffee - Awarded The World's Best!

    Jun 16, 18 05:15 PM

    What's so special about Jamaica's Blue Mountain Coffee? Read and watch the insightful documentary here

    Read More

  2. How many parishes were in Jamaica in 1844?

    Jun 15, 18 06:38 PM

    Click To Enlarge Answered by Aneisha Dobson, Associate Writer Looking at the map of Jamaica, you will recognize that the island is divided into 14 divisions.

    Read More

  3. Video: Why A Jamaica Vacation? The SINGLE reason PLUS pics and vids

    Jun 14, 18 02:38 PM

    Why A Jamaica Vacation? Don't be shocked, but this is the one reason you should visit Jamaica. And yes, I do have a some captivating video clips for you as well. Enjoy

    Read More

  4. Jamaican Patois

    Jun 13, 18 11:24 PM

    If you plan to visit Jamaica, then it would be great for you to learn at least some of the basics of Jamaican Patois. This will make it much easier for

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.