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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Topping the main shoot at a height of about 5 m is recommended to facilitate fruit harvesting. Ackee trees produce a medium-weight wood, bligiha the to kg per cubic meter 37 to 41 lbs per cubic ft range, with reportedly good natural resistance to rot, decay and wood-boring insects, though this is not well researched.

Boiled arils are an ingredient of a popular traditional dish in Jamaica, together with salt fish. Cultivars and Related Species Several distinct clones have been identified in Jamaica, but named cultivars are not known. When harvested saida prepared correctly, the arils are delicious and safe to eat.

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Physical properties of ackee apple Blighia sapida seeds. Archived from the original on Nutritional composition per g ackee fruit. The tree is also planted as an ornamental. After removing blighka discarding the seed, the arils are carefully cleaned, leaving only the soft yellow or cream-coloured flesh which is then simmered, usually in lightly salted water.

Sign up for our e-newsletter. The fruit is pear-shaped. Clinical Medicine 5 ed. An ink for eapida is made from the seeds. The leaves are paripinnately [4] compound ,15—30 centimetres 5.


It was reportedly introduced to Jamaica and some other parts of the British West Indies in the mids via slave ships coming from West Africa. Extraction and characterization of seed oils. A poultice of crushed leaves is applied to the forehead to alleviate headaches, and to the dapida to heal ulcers.

Blighia sapida

The fruit has a thick fibrous shell that splits at the base when fully mature, separating into three segments, each shielding a soft, pale yellow or creamy-white aril with a glossy black seed attached. The Jamaican vomiting sickness is associated with this compound and is characterized by vomiting, generalized weakness, altered consciousness and sometimes even death.

It had already been introduced in tropical America by the end of the 18 th century, and has since become locally naturalized. These effects occur only when the unripe fruit is consumed. The seed germinate readily but because of their relatively large size, they would need large animals or rodents sapidq disperse them. Initial growth of Blighia saida is fast on moderately fertile soils.

It is suitable for interior trim, joinery and railway sleepers. It is commonly planted in its natural area of distribution, as fruit tree and ornamental shade tree.

There are citation in web searches related to Blighia sapida K. The weight of a seed is about 3 g. Only fruit that are on the tree and that have opened naturally, showing their arils, should be harvested.

Mature trees have smooth gray bark. This website is provided for general information only. In Togo, decoctions of bark or fruit blignia are applied to wounds, and the fruit pulp to treat saoida.

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In traditional medicine, sap from terminal buds is instilled in the eyes to treat ophthalmia and conjunctivites. Cultivated sporadically throughout the tropics, commercially in Jamaica. The heartwood of Blighia sapida sapids orange-brown or reddish brown, and distinctly demarcated from the whitish sapwood.

Mature seed arils are eaten. Blighia sapida Sapindaceae, Blighia sapida, Akee, The wood is also used as firewood and for charcoal production.

In pure stands at a spacing of 3. Castanheiro de Africa, castanha de Africa, huevo vegetal castanha Po. Extracts from Blighia sapida Koenig produce neutropenia and thrombocytopenia in sapids.

A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web – see http: Fruiting may occur throughout the year, but mostly occurs from December through May.

Common name of ackee is eapida from the West African akye fufo. Blighia sapida Blighia sapida. Seedling with hypogeal germination; epicotyl c. Ackee is also the national fruit of Jamaica. Another appropriate method is to collect unopened but ripe fruits from the tree and lay them on racks in the sun.

Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Introduction. Archived from the original on 19 June General interest Ackee was for years banned from being imported into the United States, but in the FDA Food and Drug Administration granted an exemption to a ‘Green List’ of exporters, which according to the FDA demonstrated that they have controls in place to ensure their product is safe.