A picture of a Ackee Apple

Ackee Apple

Blighia sapida

Also known as

Akee, Akee-Apple

Blighia sapida seso vegetal by Michael Hermann (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30m

Max

6m

3m

Min

3m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Ackee Apple Overview

The Ackee is an evergreen tree, with egg-shaped leathery leaflets and fragrant flowers & pear-shaped fruit that are enjoyed by many despite its toxic properties. Only the pulp (aril) of fully formed ackee should be consumed, after the fruit has burst open on its branch & the aril has been exposed to the sun. This fruit is so enjoyed in places such as Jamaica, that chose it as their national fruit. Apart from being enjoyed in Caribbean cuisine, it also has medicinal, ornamental & poisonous applications.

Common problems with Ackee Apple

No serious pests or diseases known except for the Verticillium wilt disease.

    How to harvest Ackee Apple

    Traditionally twice a year the ackee fruit is harvested. The ackee must be allowed to open fully or at least partly before it is detached from the tree & the arils removed and cleaned in preparation for cooking.

    How to propagate Ackee Apple

    Seed

    Ackee may be propagated by seed, however, the seeds are short-lived and should be planted within a few days after extraction from the fruit. Germination time - 2-3 months.

    Cuttings

    Stem cuttings dipped in rooting hormone should grow under mist.

    Special features of Ackee Apple

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts insects such as bees.

    Repels harmful insects

    The spreading of ashes obtained from calcined capsules is a repellent for some insect pest.

    Other uses of Ackee Apple

    Culinary. Medicine. Ornamental. Poison. Cologne

    culinary

    Although from Northern Africa, it became popular in Carribean cuisine.

    medicinal

    ornamental

    Pretty evergreen tree.

    poison

    The ash can be used as insect repellent