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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Upon arrival at Kew, this tree was named Blighia sapida by K. Year ISBN Description The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc. There are 59 news article citations related to Blighia sapida K.

Blighia sapida

It shows some resistance to fire. Propagation and Culture Ackee is propagated by seeds, cuttings or grafting. Blighia sapida is a nice ornamental tree, especially when decorated with the brightly coloured fruits. Description Large tree to 60 feet 18 mdensely branched and symmetrical, with smooth gray bark. Garden Uses Interesting small tropical tree for the landscape.

Forest flora of southern Nigeria.

Blighia sapida

The edible arils certainly offer possibilities for economic development in tropical Africa, but lessons learnt from tropical America and Burkina Faso regarding the toxicity of compounds should be taken into serious consideration.

Seedling with hypogeal germination; epicotyl c. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web – see http: International symposium on underutilized plants for food security, nutrition, income and sustainable development. These fleshy arils are the edible parts of blighua fruit, but are only edible at certain times of the year, namely, when the fruit is fresh, ripe and just opened.


Importation of ackee to the United States was prohibited from tobut is now permitted. In Ghana, it is used as a substitute for niangon Heritiera utilis Sprague Sprague.

In Florida, an attack by Verticillium dahliae has been recorded, causing wilt and dieback. Canned arils form the major product, in about 1. It is recommended to transplant in full sunlight and at a spacing of 4 m for timber production and 6—9 m saoida fruit production.

Each leaflet is 8—12 centimetres 3. See Terms of Use for details. The wood is also used as firewood and for charcoal production. The Jamaican vomiting sickness is associated with this compound and is characterized by vomiting, generalized weakness, altered consciousness and sometimes even death. It is suitable for turnery.

Large tree to 60 bliighia 18 mdensely branched and symmetrical, with smooth gray bark. Honeybees can be observed vigorously working the flowers, but the tree’s importance to honey production is unknown.

Physical properties of ackee apple Blighia sapida seeds. Generally, Blighia sapida regenerates fairly well naturally. In drier regions it is often found on termite mounds. In areas with occasional flooding, mounds of 60—90 cm high are made before transplanting of seedlings to ensure plant survival. They remain on the tree in all seasons. Indigenous knowledge, traditional management and genetic diversity of the endogenous agroforestry species ackee Blighia sapida in Benin.

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands. Glucose stores are consequently depleted leading to hypoglycemia.


However, the arils of unripe seeds are toxic, as well as the seeds. It is moderately durable and is quite resistant to termite attack. The Jamaican vomiting sickness is associated with this compound and is characterized by vomiting, generalized weakness, altered consciousness and sometimes even death. spaida

Blighia sapida – Useful Tropical Plants

In Cameroon, young trees raised from seed sapidaa flowering after 5 years and first fruits developed after 7 years. Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Introduction. Blighia sapida is classified as a non-pioneer light demander.

Journal of Plant Sciences 3 2: The composition of g of raw aril is approximately: All-year-round flowering and fruiting have been recorded in tropical America. In West Africa arils are sometimes eaten raw, fried or roasted. Blighia sapida plantation of 9 years. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Effects of logging activities on the floristics and structure of the vegetation in Isokan area of Bliyhia Nigeria.

Fruit Gardening Vegetable Gardening. Unripe, unopened fruit or fruit that have opened and fallen to the ground are considered a poison risk and are not to be consumed.

The edible aril is eaten cooked, but must be mature, fresh, and harvested when the fruit opens naturally. 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.