Ackee, Achee, Breadfruit, Vegetable Brain (Eng.)
The Ackee is an evergreen tree, with egg-shaped leathery leaflets and fragrant flowers & pear-shaped fruit that are enjoyed by many despite its toxic properties. Only the pulp (aril) of fully formed ackee should be consumed, after the fruit has burst open on its branch & the aril has been exposed to the sun. This fruit is so enjoyed in places such as Jamaica, that chose it as their national fruit. Apart from being enjoyed in Caribbean cuisine, it also has medicinal, ornamental & poisonous applications.