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AKEE

Botanical Name: Blighia sapida

Height and Width: 35' X 20'

Flower Time: Spring

Harvest Time: Midsummer

Light Requirements: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained

 

 

Akee is the national fruit of Jamacia and the main ingredient in its national dish, akee and salt fish. The tree is gorgeous, growing to 35 feet with lush green leaves. Important: If not picked and prepared properly, the Akee fruit is deadly poisonous. The red fruit has to be split on the tree revealing the edible white arils. When picked at the right stage of ripeness and prepared correctly, it makes an excellent dish.