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Ackee, a favourite

Ackee, a favourite

If you are planning to have a truly Jamaican breakfast ackee is essential.  This fruit was brought to the Caribbean from West Africa during the 1700s. The name is derived from the Akan language and the plant belongs to the Sapindaceae family. The fruit of the ackee tree grows in pods. When ripe, the brightly coloured yellow-orange pods open displaying the creamy yellow fruit with black seeds. Unlike most fruits, ackee must be cooked before eating. When cooked it looks very similar to scrambled eggs.  Mixed with small strips of salted cod, the otherwise bland flavoured ackee has a pleasing flavour.  Incidentally ackee and saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish. There are several ways of preparing ackee for breakfast, as well as other occasions.  Creatives cooks use it as a topping for pizza, filling for savoury pastries and as finger food. A local brewery even makes wine with ackee. You can find it in tins at Caribbean and West African stores.  Here are a few website links on different ways of preparing ackee.  Enjoy!

 Website links:

https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/new-food-discovery-ackee-fruit/

https://foodsogoodmall.com/recipe/201108jamaican-saltfish-and-ackee-html/

https://www.thespruce.com/cooking-with-ackee-2137839

https://www.facebook.com/look/ackee-dishes/

Vegetarian recipe: http://jamaicanfoodsandrecipes.com/ital-ackee-dish-for-the-vegetarians/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni7SqgBlABI

 

January 2018