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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Blighia sapida (PROTA) – PlantUse English

Ackee and saltfish is highly esteemed in Jamaica, where it is the national dish. The edible aril is eaten cooked, but must be mature, fresh, and harvested when the fruit opens naturally.

Problem features The sappida is poisonous if improperly harvested and prepared, containing the potentially deadly peptide hypoglycin.

It is easy to work with both machine and hand tools. Flowers are greenish white and fragrant. Volume 1, part 2. The aril of fully ripe seeds after natural dehiscence of the fruit is nearly free blithia the toxic compound. There are book citations related to Blighia sapida K.

Blighia sapida Akee, Ackee Blighia sapida x – 15k – jpg www. Citation in web searches. Also grows well in less fertile sandy soils. However, it is currently allowed, provided that the amount of hypoglycin present meets the standards of the Food and Drug Administration. O riginating in tropical West Sapira, the Ackee tree is cultivated for its fruit which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Blighia sapida

Two other species of the genus Blighiaboth from tropical Africa, are B. Blighia sapida occurs most commonly in semi-deciduous forest, but can also be found in evergreen forest as well as in forest outliers in savanna regions.


Trees often sprout vigorously from stumps. Blighia sapida Ackee Blighia sapidaU. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Use dmy dates from October Click on “show more” to view them.

Although ackee trees will also grow well in wetter climates with no dry season, flowering is usually poor due to fungal attack, resulting in low fruit production. Blighia sapida is a nice ornamental tree, especially when decorated with the brightly coloured fruits.

Use After removing and 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. Fruits mature about 6 months after flowering, blghia in orchards fruit development may take only 2 months.

Blighia sapida 1, part of twig with leaf and inflorescence; 2, male flower; 3, female flower; 4, dehisced fruit showing seeds. Salida Ghana, bark ground-up with capsicum pepper Capsicum annuum L. The seeds are taken in Ghana to control nausea and vomiting. In drier regions it is often found on termite mounds.

Leaves alternate, paripinnately compound with 3—5 pairs of leaflets; stipules absent; petiole 0. In Nigeria the seeds are used in making traditional soap. The seed oil is promising for industrial use, especially as lubricant and speciality surfactant. Sign up for our e-newsletter. It is recommended to transplant in full sunlight and at a spacing of 4 m for timber production and 6—9 m for fruit production. It is easy to work with both machine and hand tools.

Hypoglycemia and depression of the central nervous system are common. Inflorescence an axillary, blibhia false raceme up to 20 cm long, hairy.


Blighia sapida

Hypoglycemia and depression of the central nervous system are common. Morton, Miami, United States. Epidemic of fatal encephalopathy in preschool children in Burkina Faso and consumption of unripe ackee Blighia sapida fruit. Ripe seeds with their arils dorsal view and in longitudinal section. In Blighia sapida emerged as a high-priority species for domestication in Benin after a national survey.

They remain on the tree in all seasons.

Views Read Edit View history. Usually evergreen, dioecious, small to medium-sized tree up to 25 —30 m tall; bole branchless for up to 15 m and straight and cylindrical, but often much shorter and crooked or twisted, up to 80 — cm in diameter, often with small buttresses; bark surface usually smooth but with lenticels in horizontal lines, grey to pale brown, inner bark granular, yellow to brown or pinkish, often mottled orange; crown dense and rounded; young twigs grooved, yellow-orange hairy, becoming glabrous.

Ackee trees 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. The pounded fruit is szpida as fish poison. Woody plants of Ghana, with special reference to their uses. Garden Uses Interesting small tropical tree for the landscape. Prior to cooking, the ackee arils are cleaned boighia washed. Home page Blighia sapida.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Blighia sapida Aluka – Blighia sapida K.