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All about Ackee, a little-known fruit

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Ackee/akea, a little-known fruit

The health benefits of akea

Facilitates digestion

It is the fiber content of akea that will regulate intestinal transit and facilitate digestion as a whole.

Boosts immune defenses

Vitamin C present in akea will boost the body’s immune defenses while playing a very interesting antioxidant role.

Please note that akea can also be toxic if it is poorly selected, so opt for ripe akea arils or consume it in the form of food supplements or essential oil for more safety.

Nutritional values ​​of akea

Per 100g of akee arils

Water 58g
Carbohydrates 9.6g
Fat 18.8g
Protein 8.8g
Phosphorus 98 mg
Iron 0.5 mg
Calcium 83 mg
Vitamin C 65 mg
Energy 242.8 kcal
Energy 1014.90 kJ


The main nutrients in akee


Akea is rich in protein, however, it is consumed in small quantities, so it cannot replace the proteins provided by other main foods of the daily diet.


The phosphorus will help bone growth but also encourage muscle and brain dynamism.


The calcium found in akea has the role of helping to regulate the nervous system and heart rate, however it is present in small amounts in akea.

Vitamin C

Very good natural antioxidant, vitamin C also plays a key role in the immune defenses by stimulating them, it is present in acne in significant quantities.

Using akee in the kitchen: some recipe ideas

The taste of akea

Akea is a fruit similar to lychee with a slightly sweet taste.

How to choose the right one?

We can only consume the aril on the akée, therefore prefer the akée already prepared or even integrated into a meal cooked by specialists to avoid any toxic risk.

How to store akee well?

If you buy fresh akee, it will keep for several days at room temperature.

How to cook akee?

Akea is typical in Jamaican cuisine, it is found in many traditional recipes such as cod aki.

If you have never used akee, do not prepare it yourself and seek the advice of a specialist in Jamaican cuisine.

A little history of akea

Unripe fruits contain toxins (hypoglycin A and B) which can be dangerous for humans, even ripe fruits can cause vomiting disease in Jamaica.

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