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Blighia sapida

AuthorityK. König
SynonymsCupania sapida Voigt., Cuprona edulis
Common namesakee, ackee, akee apple, vegetable brain, arbre fricassé, arbre a fricasser, yeux de crabe, ris de veau, seso vegetal, arbol de seso, palo de seso, huevo vegetal, fruto de huevo, arbor del huevo, pera roja, merey del diablo, bien me sabe, pan y quesito, akí, castanha, castanheiro de Africa, finza, akie, kaka, finzan, akye, akyen, ishin
Ecocrop code2214

BRIEF DESCRIPTION An evergreen tree growing 7-25 m tall. The leaves are pinnate with 3-5 pairs of obovate-oblong leaflets, 4-18 cm x 2-9 cm. The flowers are greenish-white, fragrant and about 5 mm long, while the capsule is yellow and red when ripe and about 6x3 cm. USES The pulp is edible only when ripe but not overripe or damage, if eaten at the wrong time, poisonning may occur due to the presence of hypoglycin A & B (reduces blood sugar). Carefully selected fruit arils are eaten fresh or cooked. KILLING T Young trees will not tolerate frost, and mature trees may not survive -3.3°C. GROWING PERIOD Perennial. Begin to fruit after 4-6 years. COMMON NAMES Akee, Seso vegetal. FURTHER INF Akee is native of the forests of West Africa. It is well adapted to humid conditions.
SOURCES (Blighia sapida Koenig)
Chew W 1979 pp 116
Rice R 1990 pp 109-110 [USE, LIMIT]
Roecklein J 1987 pp 195 [USE]
Sims D (pers. comm.)
Samson J 1986 pp 312
Rehm S 1991 pp 230 [LIMIT]
Purseglove J 1974 pp 642 [USE]
Duke J 1975 pp 8 [PH, RAIN, TEMP]
Popenoe W 1974 pp 330
Williams C 1979a pp 116 [RAIN, TEXT, FER]