Ackee - Blighia sapida

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Ackee - Blighia sapida is a tropical evergreen tree renowned for its distinctive fruit. The pinnately compound leaves are glossy green, and the tree produces clusters of fragrant, greenish-white flowers. The most notable feature of the Ackee plant is its fruit, which is pear-shaped and turns bright red to orange when mature. However, only the arils surrounding the seeds are edible, as the seeds and other parts of the fruit contain toxic compounds. When properly harvested and prepared, Ackee arils have a creamy texture and a mild, nutty flavor. Ackee trees thrive in well-drained soil and warm temperatures, contributing to the rich culinary and cultural heritage of the regions where it is grown.

Botanical Name  

Blighia sapida

Also Known As  

Akee | Ackee Apple | Achee | Vegetable brains | 西非荔枝果 | 阿基果


USDA Zone  
Light Needs  
Watering Needs  
Life Cycle  
Avg. Mature Size  
Growth Rate  
Bloom Time  
Flower Color  
Harvest Season  
Years to Bear  

10 - 12
Partial - Full Sun
20' Tall and 20' Wide
3 Years

WARNING: The fruit must only be picked after the fruit has naturally opened , All parts of the immature (unripe) or overripe fruit are highly poisonous (hypoglycin A and B toxin). The red tissue and veins that attach the aril to the seed must be removed before eating properly harvested fruit.


Soils & Fertilizers For Ackee - Blighia sapida