Ackee is used in the national dish of Jamaica, but if prepared wrong it contains a toxin that can cause illness or even death (many other members of the Sapindaceae are also highly toxic). Prepared properly, it is delicious. Taken at the Kampong, Coconut Grove, Florida.
The ackee, also known as achee, ackee apple or akee is a member of the Sapindaceae , as are the lychee and the longan. It is native to tropical West Africa in Cameroon, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The scientific name honours Captain William Bligh who took the fruit from Jamaica to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England in 1793 and introduced it to science. The.. more