Health Benefits of Ackee Fruit from Jamaica

Ackee Fruit is a bright red berry that grows all over in the tropics, Caribbean, and also in Florida. A staple food in Jamaica that is now exported all over the world.

The Ackee Fruit must be fully ripe and split open to be edible, otherwise it’s toxic.

Ackee Fruit is full of fatty acids; in fact over 50% of the fatty acids are linoleic, stearic, and palmitic acids. Ackee Fruit are Full of Omega 6 oils, and it would be good to augment the Omega 6 oils with fish oil that has Omega 3 fatty acids too.

Ackee Fruits do not contain any cholesterol or saturated fats.

Ackee Fruit is high in protein, full of good energy producing carbs, and great B and C Vitamins, Zinc, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Calcium. Ackee Fruit is low in calories, high in fiber, and low in carbs too!

The pods of the Ackee Fruit can be used instead of soap for washing clothes, used in cosmetics, and the seeds can be made into natural pesticides.

Ackee Fruit tastes like scrambled eggs and most Jamaicans love to boil Ackee Fruit and add salt and a little bit of cod fish and oil for a great tasting meal. You can also curry Ackee with shrimp, add cheese, or have Ackee with crab and many more dishes.

You can buy canned and fresh Ackee Fruit in International Markets and also order them on-line.

Paul Haider – Master Herbalist

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15 Responses to Health Benefits of Ackee Fruit from Jamaica

  1. Paula Cunar says:

    This is the first time I heard about this Ackee fruit from Jamaica, I’m a vitamin searcher for food so I got interested on this one. I found out that ackee fruit does have a zinc which is good for our immune system. I learned about zinc from Dr. Mercola at aand found some recipe using this Ackee fruit at Thanks for giving me an idea on this wonderful fruit. I now know that is is also the national fruit of Jamaica too! 🙂 nice knowing it too

  2. Hendrikus Jacobus Schut says:

    Many people remark that ackee TASTES like scrambled eggs but I wonder if. they ever really ate ît. I will grant you that it LOOKS like it but it definitely has a wonderful NUTTY flavor. I could eat ackee for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even a midnight snack. I told my wife Beryl that – God forbid – if I should ever fall into a coma, all she’d have to do is whisper ACKEE in my ear and chances are I may snap out of it. That’s how much I love it.

    Hank J. Schut,
    Fairy Hill, Portland, Jamaica

    Inhouse sales rep,
    Divi Little Bay Beach Resort,
    St. Maarten.

    • paulhaider says:

      Glad you enjoy Avkee – Dr. Paul Haider

    • Tanisha says:

      I can agree with that, I recently moved from Jamaican to Canada and other than missing my family I miss Ackee the most. And to think that while I was in Jamaica I was told that ackee and avacado was fattening. Therefore, I attributed all my weight gain to the amount of ackee I was eating, but I couldnt help myself. I have since learnt all the health benefits of ackee and learnt that it has all good fats.

    • Valerie Anderson says:

      LOL Hank J Schut … MY Family is also from Fairy Hill, Portland not far from Boston Bay..

  3. LaShunda says:

    I love Ackee, and I am American. My Boyfriend is Jamaican. I have an Ackee tree in my backyard, and I do not share. We eat Ackee at least once a week, sometimes more.. But one thing I can say is, that it does not taste like eggs.. The resemblance is that of scrambled eggs, but the taste is more exquisite.

  4. Debby says:

    Ackee is a very good fruit, it can be taken any time even always

  5. Hewlett says:

    This is good to hear about the Ackee
    but does it have too much potassium for people with kidney problems?

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