The Ackee is the national fruit of Jamaica. This unique fruit is, to the surprise of many, eaten as a vegetable: in vol-au-vents, with rice, in quiches and most often in one of Jamaica’s signature dishes – Ackee and Saltfish.
To a real Jamaican there is no substitute for the taste of Ackee – it is the true taste of home. The Ackee is found on a medium size tree that bears magnificent red and yellow pear shaped fruits. When ripe the pod naturally bursts open into three sections to expose three shiny black seeds, each attached to a yellow edible aril. It is this aril that is consumed after the seed has been removed.