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Updated on October 8, 2013

Ackee is a fruit grown plentifully in the Caribbean. It is regarded as a food in some Caribbean Island.However some countries will not touch it for consumption. It is believed to be foods for birds.Some countries actually warn their citizens not to consume it and they may just have a cause to do so.

Not everyone can eat the fruit because it contains a toxin that may prove deadly to some individuals who are allergic to this toxin. One should not take the consumption of ackees carelessly. The fruit must be opened on its own, preferably on the tree, in this way the toxin is released naturally. The fruit contain a red membrane that connects the fruit to the pod. This must be completely removed for this too can contain the toxin.

Ackees must be cooked in lots of water and this broth must be thrown away and not consumed since some of the toxins that remain is pass out into the water. Ackees must never be boiled with other foods in the same pot for these foods may absorb the toxins.

Jamaica ackee
Jamaica ackee

Jamaica was one of the first Caribbean county that used the ackee as food .It is liked by so many Jamaicans that it was chosen to form a part of the national dish when The country gained independence in 1962

Ackee and codfish along with roasted breadfruit goes to make up the Jamaican national dish. Though regarded as dangerous the fruit is eaten by almost every Jamaicans and individuals who comes to the island crave this dish of ackee and codfish. Nutritionally the fruit is made up of mostly fats and should be eaten with carbohydrates to be digested properly.

If you come to the island make sure you buy raw ackee that are in pods that are wide opened. Be wary of buying cooked ackees from places that are not reputable. If you buy ackees in the pods the pods must not feel sticky. There are individuals who in their effort to make quick money especially drug addicts use sharp blades to open the unready fruit, these ackees if eaten will poison .

Do not buy already shelled ackees make sure they are in a pods that are wide opened. Recently there have been an unusual rise in ackee related deaths in the island. This baffles the medical authorizes since the autopsies revealed a result that has never been associate with ackees poisoning. before. This was seen not only in one area but in various areas over the island. Jamaican are now on alert and pay much more attention to where and how they acquire the fruit .

Individuals have used the ackee in various ways, , raw , cooked ,such as ackee and cod fish, ackee and pork, ackee fritters, quiche, patty, ackee punch, and ackee stew. The fruit can be preserved for future use. Some individuals blanch then freeze them. Others cleaned them and pour oil over them and freeze them raw. Which ever way you store and eat it , the fruit does make an interesting meal, but please be cautious in its use.

Vegetarians are not to be left out of the ackee menagerie they have developed some very interesting mixes. If you happen to get ackee from a vegetarian in Jamaica you may be mistaken that you were eating ackee and codfish,You maybe actually eating ackee and tofu.

The tofu is finely shredded and mixed with seasoning such as onions, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper,bell peppers garlic escellion and a little tomato cubes added. This is put into a frying pan saute then then cooked ackees that were already cooked in salted water added and stir fry. Serve this up in the usually Jamaica way with boiled bananas, fried dumplings, roasted bread fruits or any of the traditional ways.

Ackee is so steeped in the Jamaica culture that it has been immortalize in one of of its folk songs

Carry me ackee go a Linsted Market not a quaty woth sell

Carry me ackee go a Linsted Market not a quaty woth sell

lord what a nite not a bite what a satiday night

lord what a night not a mite what a satiday night

Every bady come feel up feel up not a quatty wot sell

Every bady come feel up feel up not a quatty wot sell

llord what a nite not a bite what a satiday night

lord what a nite not a mite what a satiday night


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      Juliet Christie Murray 4 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      yes .My uncle eat canned ackees and his lips started to get swollen it happened twice so he cannot eat ackees he is allergic to them.

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      doreen@ 4 years ago

      Julie! Has anyone been sick due to eating ackee that

      You are aware of?

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      Dale Anderson 5 years ago from The High Seas

      Bravo, nice hub.

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      Juliet Christie Murray 5 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      You are extremely welcome .Thank you for stopping by

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      Olive Ellis 5 years ago

      Juliet Christie, ackee with codfish and corned pork is my favotite dish. Thanks for telling the world about part of our national dish. All the best on hubpages

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      Juliet Christie Murray 5 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      I am busy trying to create a center for health to teach individuals to get maximum health by implementing the 8 natural laws of heath

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I love NEW information, thank you for sharing!!! Voted useful! I have missed you, I pray things are going well with you!

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      youcef 6 years ago

      An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic

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      Juliet Christie Murray 6 years ago from Sandy Bay Jamaica

      Glad that you now made aware. Canned ackee remove from tin immediately after opening and pour fresh water(refresh) over it twice before using

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great hub - I did not know about the toxins. You have to know what you are doing. Since I live here in Brooklyn, NY, I've had the pleasure of enjoying great ackee- of course with codfish.

      Now I'm hungry. Rated up!