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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Prior to cooking, the ackee arils are cleaned and washed.

bligghia Seedlings start to flower and bear fruit when around three years old but are not true-to-type, so cuttings are preferred when selected varieties are to be cultivated. In Africa, the trade is local. The fruit is poisonous if improperly harvested and prepared, containing the potentially deadly peptide hypoglycin.

Blighia sapida wood in transverse section. Wood-anatomical description IAWA hardwood codes: Educational campaigns are needed to prevent fatalities.

Blighia sapida

Captain Bligh is perhaps best known today not for his botanical or financial interests in plants, but for his ordeal in being set adrift in in the Mutiny on the Bounty incident. In Jamaica, stem galls are common. Clinical Medicine 5 ed. Clarendon Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. Fruit an obovoid to pear-shaped capsule 3.

Flowers probably functionally unisexual, regular, 5-merous, greenish white to greenish yellow, sweet-scented; pedicel up to 6 mm long, elongating up to 10 mm in fruit; calyx with tube about as long as lobes, 2—3 mm long; petals free, rhomboid, 3—4 mm long, hairy, with a 2-lobed scale on the inner face; stamens 6—10, free, filaments up to 6 mm long, hairy in lower part; ovary superior, hairy, usually 3-lobed and 3-celled, style short; male flowers with rudimentary ovary, female flowers with reduced stamens.


In Florida and other regions where Blighia sapida is planted for commercial fruit production, young trees are fertilized every 1—2 months during the first year. An ink for tattoos is bloghia from the seeds. In Benin, leaves are used in the treatment of fever and vertigo, and twigs to treat hepatitis, cirrhosis and amygdalitis. Two other species lbighia the genus Blighiaboth from sapiva Africa, are B.

It is moderately heavy and hard. Home page Blighia sapida. This website is provided for general information only. The composition of g of raw aril is approximately: It is recommended to control tree form by pruning several times when the tree is grown for timber production.

Phytotherapy Research 10 8: It is commonly planted in its natural area of distribution, as fruit tree and ornamental shade tree.

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.

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There are citation in scholarly articles related to Blighia sapida K. 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. It was later introduced to Florida in the United States.

Flowers are greenish white and fragrant. Mature trees have smooth gray bark. Ackee is also the national fruit of Jamaica. When ripe, each chamber splits to reveal three shiny seeds, each blihia having a white fleshy aril at the base. The Jamaican boighia sickness is associated with this compound and is characterized by vomiting, generalized weakness, altered consciousness and sometimes even death.

In Florida, trees raised from seedlings start producing fruit after 3—6 years, while grafted trees produce fruit in 1—2 years. It has been introduced in many other tropical countries and in some subtropical regions such as Florida United States and is widely cultivated as fruit and ornamental tree in India and tropical America.


Sign up hlighia our e-newsletter. It is easy to work with both machine and hand tools. The wood moulds and sands well and takes an attractive finish. Showing 0 of 0 comments.

Blighia sapida

Trees in South Florida yield from fifty to two hundred fruit per season, depending on the size of the tree and the growing conditions. Ackee Other common names: All-year-round flowering and fruiting have been recorded in tropical America.

Pounded bark is administered as an antidote to snake and scorpion bites, and pounded seeds to treat stomach complaints. However, in a study in south-western Nigeria, Blighia sapida was found to be one of the most commonly logged and processed timber species.

In areas with occasional flooding, mounds of 60—90 cm high are made before transplanting of seedlings to ensure plant survival. It is also considered useful for planting to improve soil fertility and to reduce erosion through its large rooting system. A water-soluble and heat-stable toxic compound, hypoglycin A, is present in the aril of unripe seeds, as well as in the seed and in the pinkish to reddish tissue sspida the base of the aril.

For planting, Blighia sapida is usually propagated by seed, but cuttings can also be used; these readily develop roots under proper conditions. The ripe fruit is consumed saida lower fever and to control dysentery. Pear-shaped fruits are straw colored to magenta red.