Ackee Facts

Ackee scientifically known as Blighia sapida is a fruit that majorly comes from Jamaica. It is a national fruit of Jamaica and is a member of the sapindaceae plant family.  They are pear-shaped fruit and is green in color and after they mature it turns into bright red to yellow-orange, and splits open to reveal three big, shiny black seeds, each partly enclosed by soft, creamy or spongy, white to yellow flesh—the aril. The fruit typically weighs 100–200 grams.  This fruit is used in many dishes and cuisines of Jamaica. It is typically made with salted codfish and is known as ackee and saltfish which is the national dish of Jamaica as well.

Name Ackee
Scientific Name Blighia sapida
Native Forests of the Ivory Coast and Gold Coast of West tropical Africa.
Common/English Name Ackee, Akee, Akee Apple, Aki, Savory Akee Tree, Vegetable Brain.
Name in Other Languages Guinea : Finsan ( Manding-Bambara )
West Africa : Akye
Spanish : Akí
Benin : Diremou ( Baatonu (language)
Ivory Coast : Kaka
Cuba : Arbol De Seso
Surinam : Akie
Czech : Mýdelník Obvejčitý
French : Akée
Danish : Aki
Guatemala : Huevo Vegetal
Venezuela : Merey Del Diablo
German : Akibaum
Senegal : Finza ( Manding-Bambara )
Colombia : Bien Me Sabe
Guinea – Bissau : Otau ( Bidyogo )
Martinique : Yeux De Crabe
Sierra Leone : Maiyosundo
Mexico : Arbor Del Huevo
Panama : Huevo Vegetal
Costa Rica : Akí
Sudan : Finza
Haiti : Arbre Fricassé
Nigeria : Akee
Portuguese : Castanha
Eastonian : Maitsev Akipuu
Plant Growth Habit Perennial evergreen tree
Growing Climate Thrives in full sun or partial shade
Soil Deep, fertile loamy soils with abundant moisture, but makes satisfactory growth on shallow sandy soils or calcareous soils.
Plant Size 10–12 m
Trunk 1.8 m circumference
Bark Grey, smooth bark
Leaf Alternate, pinnately compound with 3–5 pairs of oblong, obovate-oblong, or elliptic leaflets, 15–30 cm long, with obtuse base and acuminate apex, glossy bright-green on the upper surface, dull and paler and finely hairy on the prominently raised lateral veins on the underside.
Leaflets 8–12 centimeters (3.1–4.7 in) long and 5–8 centimeters (2.0–3.1 in) wide.
Flower Bisexual and male borne together in simple racemes 7.5– 17.5 cm long, fragrant, 5-merous, greenish-white and pubescent.
Fruit Shape & Size Leathery, pear shaped, more or less distinctly 3–4 lobed capsule, 7–10 cm (3-4 in.) long
Fruit Color Green that turns to a bright red to yellow-orange
Flesh Color White to yellow
Flavor/Aroma Delicate in flavor
Taste Tastes like scrambled eggs
Weight 100–200 grams (3.5–7.1 oz).
Seed Large, black, nearly round, smooth, hard, shining seeds
Major Nutrition Total Fat (lipid) 15.2 g (43.43%)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 30 mg (33.33%)
Sodium, Na 240 mg (16.00%)
Zinc, Zn 1 mg (9.09%)
Iron, Fe 0.7 mg (8.75%)
Total dietary Fiber 2.7 g (7.11%)
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1.1 mg (6.88%)
Protein 2.9 g (5.80%)
Potassium, K 270 mg (5.74%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.07 mg (5.38%)
Calcium, Ca 35 mg (3.50%)
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.03 mg (2.50%)
Carbohydrate 0.8 g (0.62%)
Health Benefits
  • Diabetes Control
  • Prevention of Muscle Cramps
  • Immune Effects
  • Heart Health
  • Circulation
  • Fights off Colds and Flu
  • Bone Strength
  • Digestive Issues
  • Protein Power
  • Blood Pressure
Calories in (100gm) 151 Kcal