The Ackee

The Ackee was brought to Jamaica from West Africa in the 1700’s and is Jamaica’s National Dish.  Some say it is a fruit and others say it is a vegetable.  Because we cannot eat it uncooked, I prefer to think of the Ackee as a vegetable.  This is usually served with salted codfish, but can be served with ham and/or bacon as well.

Ackee needs to be carefully cleaned and prepared before cooking and is a very tasty dish when finished.

Here is a recipe for an Ackee appetizer:

Ackee Dip

  • 1-2 Cups boiled ackee
  • 2-2 ½ tbsp grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 table spoons onion and/or green onions (chopped)
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • Black pepper and/or hot pepper and salt to taste


1. Crush the ackee with a fork or potato masher

2. Mix together with the other ingredients

3. Put in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours or overnight

4. Serve on your favorite crackers or chips.

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