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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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In Benin, leaves are used in the treatment of fever and vertigo, and twigs to treat hepatitis, cirrhosis and amygdalitis. It had already been introduced in tropical America by the end of the 18 th century, and has since become bligha naturalized. Flowers are greenish white and fragrant.

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Although native to West Africa, the use of ackee in food is especially prominent in Jamaican cuisine. Honeybees can be observed vigorously working the flowers, but the tree’s importance to honey production is unknown. Blighia sapida has been recorded to flower twice a year, first at the end of the dry season and a second time at the end of the rainy season. To the maximum extent permitted by law, tIplantz accepts no liability whatsoever to any person arising from or connected with the use of or reliance on any information or advice provided on this website or incorporated into it by reference, including any dataset or data it contains.


In Africa, the trade is local. Fruits and leaves Photograph by: It shows some resistance to fire. Wood-anatomical description IAWA hardwood codes: In Australia, it is recorded as having escaped cultivation and as a weed of the environment in some areas, but there does not appear to be any record of it being a serious weed anywhere in the world.

Trees often sprout vigorously from stumps. 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.

More information on ackee. The aril of fully ripe seeds after natural dehiscence of the fruit is nearly free of the toxic compound. In pure stands at a spacing of 3. In Ghana, it is used as a substitute for niangon Heritiera utilis Sprague Sprague.

Blighia sapida

Proceedings Florida State Horticultural Society Blighia sapida plantation of 11 years. Mature trees have smooth gray bark.

Uses The edible aril is eaten cooked, but must bloghia mature, fresh, and harvested when the fruit opens naturally. Unripe, unopened fruit or fruit that have opened and fallen to the ground are considered a poison risk and are not to be consumed.

Bark and leaf decoctions are administered to treat oedema, intercostal pain, dysentery and diarrhoea. In Ghana, bark ground-up with capsicum pepper Capsicum annuum L. Ackee blighla produce a medium-weight wood, in 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.


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Blighia sapida (PROTA) – PlantUse English

Ackee was introduced to Jamaica and later to HaitiCubaBarbados and others. Leaves inches cm in length, alternate, compound, with pairs of glossy leaflets.

Seeds are sensitive to desiccation and are considered short-lived. Blighia sapida timber has no importance on the international market, and even local importance seems to be limited because in many areas within its distribution area it occurs in low densities.

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.

Publisher Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact the accuracy of datasets and their contents. It is recommended to sow them within a few days after extraction from the fruit.

The seed oil is promising for industrial bligha, especially as lubricant and speciality surfactant. Clarendon Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. When harvested and prepared correctly, the arils are delicious and safe to eat.