The national fruit of Jamaica, Ackee is an evergreen tree that grows about 10 metres tall, with a short trunk and a dense crown. The leaves are pinnate and leathery, up to 12" long and furnishing a tropical look to the landscape. The greenish white flowers are fragrant but not showy, and generally bloom in summer.
Ackee fruit is pear-shaped. When it ripens, it turns from green to a bright red to yellow-orange, and splits open to reveal three large, shiny black seeds, surrounded by soft, creamy or spongy, white to yellow flesh (the aril).
Ackee prefers fertile soils and full sun. Fruiting may occur throughout the year, but principally in December through May in the Northern Hemisphere. Trees should be irrigated during persistent dry weather.
CAUTION: Only the aril of the ackee fruit is edible, and only when fully ripened and cooked. The aril must be mature, fresh, and harvested when the fruit opens naturally. Immature arils, overripe arils, the outer rind of the fruit, the pink membrane under the seeds and the seeds all contain hypoglycins, which are toxic and can be fatal if ingested. Consumers who are unsure of proper harvesting and preparation techniques are advised
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