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Places where this species can be found :
- Grand Anse - GRENADA
- Mole National Park - NSBPGHANA
- Mt. Cenis - GRENADA
Description20m tree,; lveas mostly 4 pairs opposite leaflets, hairy below; fruits 6-10cm x 7cm, 3-lobed. Seeds 1.7cm black, with fleshy white aril.
InterestCaptain Bligh was the Biritsh navigator who first took breadfruits to the Caribbean. William Bligh (1754-1817), master of Resolution on Cook's 3rd Voyage and Captain of the Bounty. Navigated 4000 miles across the Pacific from Tahiti to Timor when Munity occurred. Later Govenor in New South Wales, where he was involved in another mutiny. Sapida refers to the soapy effect of the green fruits, which readily generate a lather for washing when mashed or rubbed in a bowl of water. The pounded fruits can also be used as a fish poison. (Dalziel, 1948). Blighia sapida was already in Jamaica by the 18th Century Akee is the name used by the Ashantis in West Africa, and is also used in the Caribbean. The fruit has a yellow aril around black seeds. The aril is eaten raw or in soup, fried, or roatsed. However the seed is attached to the inside of the fruit wall byu a fibrous raphe, which is highly toxic and must be removed before eating. There is in Nigeria a Yoruba proverb "he who knows how to eat the [Akee] knows to remove the deadly part". For many years a mysterious 'vomiting sickness' in Jamaica, was thought to be due to epidemics of yellow fever or meningitis, but was eventually found to be due to Akke raphe poisoning. Jamaican national dish, Ackee and saltfish.
LocationPalma Game Camp
NotesTree, about 10m tall. Slash light brown and granular. Flowers white Fruits reddish.