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Akee

Akee

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The Akee has brightly coloured orange-red fruits that split when fully ripe to reveal three large shiny black seeds, each is partly surrounded but the soft, creamy arils.

The Akee pods should be allowed to fully ripen on the tree before picking. Prior to cooking the arils are washed and then boiled for 5 minutes, the water is discarded.

The dried seeds, fruit, bark and leaves of the tree are all used in traditional medicine. Akee is a tropical evergreen tree with leathery leaves that grows to around 5- 10m.

Native to Africa it was taken to the West Indies before 1778 where it has become an integral part of the local cuisine. Akee is now the national fruit of Jamaica.

*** Caution is advised with using akee as it is poisonous when unripe or overripe.***

 

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How To Grow Akee

Climate
Tropical


Position
Full Sun


Height
5-10 m


Pollination
Self Pollinating


Propagated
Seedling


Time to Fruit
3-5 years


Watering
Moderate watering with good drainage


Harvest
Jan-April


Frost/Cold Tolerant
Likes temps above 5deg


Deciduous
Evergreen


Grow in a Pot
Yes


Quarantine Restrictions
WA