ackee fruit

Ackee tree picking for Jamaican national meal

As an island in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica has a variety of fruit trees growing year-round. Every season in Jamaica fruits is reaped and enjoyed. In winter, the national fruit of Jamaica, the ackee tree is in abundance. 

In the video, we picked ackee from the tree prepared it with salted fish and served it with boiled green bananas for a delicious Jamaican breakfast.

About Ackee fruit

The ackee fruit tree grows many feet in the air with bunches of green pods on each tree. When the green pods ripen to red they open to reveal the yellow fruit with black seed. To harvest the ackee, remove the yellow fruit from the pod then separate the black seed from the fruit, as it is not edible. To prepare the ackee for consumption, it must be cleaned by removing any red fibers that may linger inside the fruit. Ackee is a fruit rich in Vitamin A, has plenty of antioxidants, and tastes mild. 

Ackee and Saltfish National Dish of Jamaica

Jamaican traditional breakfast, ackee and salt fish with boiled green bananas and callaloo

To add flavor to an ackee dish, Jamaicans cook it with sauteed onions, garlic, Scotch bonnet peppers, and salted fish. This dish, ackee, and saltfish is the national dish of Jamaica. It can be eaten at breakfast or any time of the day. 

Ackee from the tree to the table is a delicious meal from the land of Jamaica.

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