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Akee

Fruit Information for Akee

AKEE

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Common Name: Akee Scientific Name: Blighia sapida
Other Names: ackee, akee apple, or vegetable brain
PH Range: ??? Salt Tolerance: ???
Cold Tolerance: Damaged at 32 F, Killed at 27 F Soil Type: The tree does very well on oolitic limestone and on sand in southern Florida and the Bahamas, though it grows faster in more fertile soils. Needs to be well drained.
Size: 33 to 40 ft. Varieties: ???
Comments: The akee must be allowed to open fully or at least partly before it is detached from the tree. When it has "yawned", the seeds are discarded and the arils, while still fresh and firm, are best parboiled in salted water or milk and then lightly fried in butter. Akee is the national fruit of Jamaica. Because certain parts of the fruit are toxic when underripe, canned ackee is often subject to import restrictions.


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