Descriptions and articles about the Akee, scientifically known as Blighia sapida in the Encyclopedia of Life. Includes Overview; Brief Summary; Molecular Bio. Blighia sapida (Sapindaceae). Common Names. English: ackee, akee. Spanish: akí, seso vegetal. French: aki, arbre fricassé. Portuguese: castanheiro do Africa. Originating in tropical West Africa, the Ackee tree is cultivated for its fruit which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. It is now widely.

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Prior to cooking, the ackee arils are cleaned and washed. Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced sapjda Articles with unsourced statements from April Use dmy dates from October Views Read Edit View history.

It is suitable for interior trim, joinery and railway sleepers. Blighia sapida has been recorded to flower twice a year, first at the end of the dry season and a second time at the end of the rainy season. The pounded fruit is used as fish poison.

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The edible arils certainly offer possibilities for economic development in tropical Africa, but lessons learnt from tropical America and Burkina Faso regarding the toxicity of compounds should be taken into serious consideration.

It is moderately heavy and hard.

Blighia sapida

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Immature arils, overripe arils, the outer rind of the fruit, the pink membrane under the seeds and the seeds contain hypoglycins, which are toxic and can be fatal. It has been planted successfully in villages in much blighiia zones in Mali and Burkina Faso. Ackee and saltfish is highly esteemed in Jamaica, where it is the national dish.

Chemical composition, physicochemical and functional properties of akee Blighia sapida pulp and seed flours.

Blighia sapida Akee Blighia sapida [Credits: Iplantz makes no statements, representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of the content of this website and does not accept any liability to you or any other person for the information which is provided or referred to on this website. Intoxications of the Nervous System. Forest flora of southern Nigeria. Extracts of unripe fruits produced neutropenia and thrombocytopenia in mice, suggesting that they may be useful in the treatment of diseases such as chronic myeloid leukaemia, essential thrombocythaemia and polycythaemia.

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There are book citations related to Blighia sapida K. Blighia sapida can be distinguished from the other two species by its large fruits with rounded lobes.

Initial growth of Blighia sapida is fast on moderately fertile soils. It does not tolerate waterlogged soils and cannot withstand flooding. Blighia sapida is a nice ornamental tree, especially when decorated with the brightly coloured fruits.

It shows some resistance to fire. Disclaimer This website is provided for general information only. Extracts from Blighia sapida Koenig produce neutropenia and thrombocytopenia in mice. Leaves inches cm in length, alternate, compound, with pairs of glossy leaflets.


It has naturalised in Jamaica, although this is due to its extensive cultivation in that country. Clinical Medicine 5 ed. It prefers well-drained deep fertile soils, but occurs also on non-fertile sandy soils and limestone. MCPA and hypoglycin A inhibit several enzymes involved in the breakdown of acyl CoA compounds, often binding irreversibly to coenzyme Acarnitine and carnitine acyltransferases I and II[11] reducing their bioavailability and consequently inhibiting beta oxidation of fatty acids.

Although it also grows well on alkaline soils, with a pH of 8. Flora of West Tropical Africa. The branchwood is cut for firewood and for making charcoal. Clarendon Press, Oxford, United Kingdom. The edible arils certainly offer possibilities for economic development in tropical Africa, but lessons learnt from tropical America and Burkina Faso regarding the toxicity of compounds should be taken into serious consideration. It has been introduced in many other tropical countries and in some subtropical regions such as Florida United States and is sapia cultivated as fruit and ornamental tree in India and tropical America.

In West Africa arils are sometimes eaten raw, fried or roasted. Research in Benin showed that Blighia sapida has moderate levels of genetic blighai in Benin and little differentiation among populations and climatic zones.

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