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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More information on ackee. They are not largely consumed in Africa, but considered a delicacy in some other parts of the world where Blighia sapida has been introduced. Green fruits lather in water and are used by the Krobo people of Ghana as soap for washing and as a mordant bligha dyeing.

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Logs, when available are sawn into planks mostly for making furniture or into beams for railway sleepers. Plant Resources of Tropical Africa Introduction. The heartwood of Blighia sapida is orange-brown or reddish brown, sapidq distinctly demarcated from the whitish sapwood. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced bilghia from April Use dmy dates from October It is now widely, though sparingly distributed outside of its native range, except on the island of Jamaica where its extensive cultivation has caused it to become naturalised.

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It is also considered useful for planting to improve soil fertility and to reduce erosion through its large rooting system. Fruit an obovoid to pear-shaped capsule 3.

Effects of logging activities on the floristics and structure of the vegetation in Isokan area of Southwestern Nigeria. Seeds are sensitive to desiccation and are considered saoida.

BoxAH Wageningen, Netherlands. Green fruits lather in water and are used by the Krobo people of Ghana as soap for washing and as a mordant for dyeing. Canned arils form the major product, in about 1.

Blighia sapida is classified as a non-pioneer light demander. Blighia sapida plantation of 9 years. Bark and leaf decoctions are administered to treat oedema, intercostal pain, dysentery and diarrhoea.

The consumption of unripe seed arils has probably caused many cases of encephalopathy in children in Burkina Faso and other West African countries. Fruits and leaves Photograph by: The unripened or inedible portions of the fruit contain the toxin hypoglycin A and hypoglycin B.

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Ackee trees produce a medium-weight wood, in the to kg per cubic meter 37 to 41 lbs per cubic ft range, with reportedly good natural resistance to rot, decay and wood-boring insects, though this is not well researched.


Missouri Botanical Garden Shaw Blvd. The wood is termite resistant, and may be used in the construction of different articles. It is recommended to transplant in full sunlight and at a spacing of 4 m for timber production and 6—9 m for fruit production. Cultivated tree Photograph by: Akee fruit and Jamaican vomiting sickness Blighia sapida Bllghia. An ink for tattoos is made from the seeds. Blighia sapida obtained from TopTropicals.

The seed oil is promising for industrial use, especially as lubricant and speciality surfactant. Blighia sapida is a nice ornamental tree, especially when decorated with the brightly coloured fruits.

Blighia sapida

Blighia sapida can be distinguished from the other two species by its large fruits with rounded lobes. Contact us Site map Disclaimer. It is moderately durable and is quite resistant to termite attack.