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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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Canned arils form the major product, in about 1. Although trees in the natural area of distribution seem to be dioecious male and female flowers on different treesit has been reported in Jamaica that they are andro-monoecious with male and bisexual flowers produced on the same tree.

It has an extensive rooting system. It has been planted successfully in villages in much drier zones in Mali and Burkina Faso. Archived from the original on 19 June Archived from the original on 18 May In Benin, the most common management practices to improve fruit production are pruning, protection against livestock, fire protection, mulching of seedlings and saplings, and association with annual crops.

Research in Benin showed that Blighia sapida has moderate levels of genetic diversity in Benin and little differentiation among populations and climatic zones.


More pharmacological studies are recommended in view of the wide applications of different plant parts in traditional medicine. Blighia sapida obtained from TopTropicals. Boiled arils are an ingredient of a popular traditional aspida in Jamaica, together with salt fish.

In Florida, an attack by Verticillium dahliae has been recorded, causing wilt and dieback. It had already been introduced in tropical America by the end of the 18 th century, and has since become locally naturalized. It has naturalised in Jamaica, although this is due to its extensive cultivation in that country.

Canned arils form the major product, in about 1. The consumption of unripe seed arils has probably blighiaa many cases of encephalopathy in children in Burkina Faso and other West African countries. There are citation in scholarly articles related to Blighia sapida K.

Ackee – Wikipedia

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 bligghia a glossy black seed attached. The seed oil is promising for industrial use, especially as lubricant and speciality surfactant. Canned ackee is exported primarily to the United Kingdom and Canada.

Morton, Miami, United States. Clarendon Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. It is now widely, though sparingly distributed outside of its native range, except on the island of Jamaica where its extensive cultivation has caused it to become naturalised.


In Ghana, bark ground-up with capsicum pepper Capsicum annuum L. Trees often sprout vigorously from stumps. Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica.

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Extraction and characterization of seed oils. Contact us Site map Disclaimer. The seeds are taken in Ghana to control nausea and vomiting.

Blighia sapida

Blighia sapida occurs naturally from Senegal to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, and possibly also blgihia Gabon. The Jamaican vomiting sickness is associated with this compound and is characterized by vomiting, generalized weakness, altered consciousness and sometimes even death.

Blighia comprises 3 species and originates from tropical Africa. Akee fruit and Jamaican vomiting sickness Blighia sapida Koenig. There are b,ighia study abstracts related to Blighia sapida K.

Generally, Blighia sapida regenerates fairly well naturally. Wood of Blighia sapida is currently not commercially important, but it is a multipurpose tree, being a source of edible fruits arils and traditional medicine, and being popular for planting as ornamental shade tree. Ackee growing in the Saoida home landscape. Problems No serious insect or disease problems.