Descriptions and articles about the Akee, scientifically known as Blighia sapida in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summary; Molecular Bio. Blighia sapida (Sapindaceae). Common Names. English: ackee, akee. Spanish: akí, seso vegetal. French: aki, arbre fricassé. Portuguese: castanheiro do Africa. Originating in tropical West Africa, the Ackee tree is cultivated for its fruit which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It is now widely.

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Epidemic of fatal encephalopathy in preschool children in Burkina Faso and consumption of unripe ackee Blighia sapida fruit.

Arils aspida be harvested from the fruits when they have opened after about 3 days. In Jamaica, some different fruit types of Blighia sapida have been developed, mainly differing in the aril, which may be soft and yellow or firm and cream-coloured. It is moderately heavy and hard.

Logs, when available are sawn into planks mostly for making furniture or into beams for railway sleepers. Blighia sapida occurs most commonly in semi-deciduous forest, but can also be found in evergreen forest as well as blighua forest outliers in savanna regions. The fruit is poisonous if improperly harvested and prepared, containing the potentially deadly peptide hypoglycin.

It has an extensive rooting system. Disclaimer This website is provided for general information only. Blighia sapida is a nice ornamental tree, especially when decorated with the brightly coloured fruits. A poultice of crushed leaves is applied to the forehead to alleviate headaches, and to the skin to heal ulcers.


The ackee fruit is canned sapiad is a major export product in Jamaica. It is moderately heavy and hard.

When it ripens, it turns from green to a bright red to yellow-orange, and splits open blighua reveal three large, shiny black seeds, each partly surrounded by soft, creamy or spongy, white to yellow flesh—the arilthat has the texture and consistency of scrambled eggs. Canned arils form the major product, in about 1. Toggle navigation useful plants for warm climates. Cultivated sporadically throughout the tropics, commercially in Jamaica. The weight of a seed is about 3 g.

In Benin, leaves are used in the treatment of fever and vertigo, and twigs to treat hepatitis, cirrhosis and amygdalitis. Winter hardy to USDA Zones where it is easily grown in moist, fertile, loamy, well-drained soils in sqpida sun.

Boiled arils are an ingredient of a popular blighua dish in Jamaica, together with salt fish. Chemical composition, physicochemical and functional properties of akee Blighia sapida pulp and seed flours. This page was last modified on 27 Marchat The arils are commercially traded, mainly from Jamaica to American and European markets.

It is suitable for interior trim, joinery and railway sleepers. Educational campaigns are needed to prevent fatalities.

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Blighia sapida – Useful Tropical Plants

In Florida, an attack by Verticillium dahliae has been recorded, causing wilt and dieback. Now containing plants. In Ghana, bark ground-up with capsicum pepper Capsicum annuum L. In Benin, leaves are used in the treatment of fever and vertigo, and twigs sapiida treat hepatitis, cirrhosis and amygdalitis. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Blighia sapida. Ackee is propagated by seeds, cuttings or grafting.

Blighia sapida

It is recommended to sow them within a few days after extraction from the fruit. Publisher Kampong Publications, California.

Flowers probably functionally unisexual, regular, 5-merous, greenish white to greenish yellow, sweet-scented; pedicel up to 6 mm long, elongating up to 10 mm in fruit; calyx with tube about as long as lobes, 2—3 mm long; petals free, rhomboid, 3—4 mm long, hairy, with a 2-lobed scale on the inner face; stamens 6—10, free, filaments up to 6 mm long, hairy in lower part; ovary superior, hairy, usually 3-lobed and 3-celled, style short; male flowers with rudimentary ovary, female flowers with reduced stamens.

Prior to cooking, the ackee arils are cleaned and washed.

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