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Scientific classification
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Blighia
Species: sapida
ITIS 506071

The scientific name for the akee is Blighia sapida.

Table of contents
1 Description
2 Origin
3 Food uses
4 Cultural aspects


A member of the Sapindaceae (soapberry family) Ackee, Akee, or Achee is a relative of the litchi (lychee) and the longan. Akee is a tropical evergreen tree that grows about 30 feet tall, with leathery leaves.


The scientific name comes from the akee's association with Captain William Bligh, of the H.M.S. Bounty ('Mutiny of the Bounty') who is thought to have carried the fruit from West Africa (possibly present-day Guinea) to the Caribbean islands, and specifically to Jamaica in 1793. Since then it has become a major feature of various Caribbean cuisines, and is largely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas around the world.

Food uses

The fruit of the akee is not edible. It is only the fleshy arils around the seeds that are edible. The remainder of the fruit, including the seeds are poisonous. The fruit must only be picked after the fruit has opende naturally, and must be fresh and not overripe. Immature and overripe akee are also poisonous.

Cultural aspects

Salt Cod and Akee is the national dish of Jamaica. Salt cod is sauteed with akee, pork fat, onions, pepppers, tomatoes, herbs, garnished with crips bacon and fresh tomatoes.

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