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ackee
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Noun
Fruit native to West Africa that was introduced to the Caribbean. It is the national fruit of Jamaica, and features prominently in Jamaican cuisine where it is an ingredient in the the national dish 'ackee and saltfish'. The fruit changes in colour from yellowish-green to a reddish orange as it matures. When ripe, the pods open to reveal two to three fleshy white or cream coloured arils. The arils are the only edible part of the fruit. The unripe and unopened fruit is poisonous and may cause Jamaican Vomiting Sickness.
Synonyms
huevo vegetal
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Noun
Ovoid green fruit that grows in bunches on trees up to 30m high. The fruit typically ripen during the summer. The fruit is related to the lychee and have tight, thin but rigid skins. Inside the skin is the tart, tangy, or sweet pulp of the fruit covering a large seed. The pulp is usually cream or orange coloured.
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plant, fruit, food
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heretic Mar 01, 2008
We don't play ackee, we eat ackee.
butu Mar 01, 2008
heeediat, is "we don't play hockey, we heat hockey"
antonym Mar 26, 2008
How dem fi call guinep ackee?? Blaspheme I say... Blasssspheeeeeeme!!!
mskillz Nov 11, 2010
lol hahahaha seriously still 
anonymous Feb 10, 2011
que significa la expresin "dutty sketel"
anonymous Feb 14, 2011
"dutty sketel" is puta sucia
LoveTheVoiceWithin Feb 24, 2011
mmhhh wow beautiful fruit ^-^
Jamdude Oct 04, 2011
Guinep and ackee are not the same, the isands that called guinep ackee dont av a sense.
Peace&Love Oct 09, 2012
^^^You don't have any sense. You need to learn to respect people culture. Wunna one not the only culture. Don't be a Bigot. Open your eyes and EXPAND your mind.
shelly Nov 13, 2012
Wow..I was surprised to see that other countries in the Caribbean refer to what we Jamaicans call guinep as ackee...
basil Nov 13, 2012
Why are Jamaicans always shocked and surprised to see that they don't have the monopoly on Caribbean words?
Tanya Nov 13, 2012
I love that different islands call fruits by different names. Some say ackee, others say guinep. Diversity mi seh!
jonas Nov 15, 2012
wait til yu fine out wha di trini dem call toto
Ackees Apr 02, 2013
In d republic of panama we call this fruit quenepas but Barbados Ackees live and learn I don't get it.
triniadi Apr 07, 2013
the pics they have before this page as ackee is what we trinis call chenet the other pics however are of real ackee
bajangirl Aug 31, 2013
We have always called it ackee.
Gabrielle Oct 31, 2013
:/ Allyuh Chenet and Ackee are two different things.
Adam Nov 26, 2013
@Bajangirl, you really call guinep, skinup, chenet.... ackee? Someone please verify.
Ryguy Dec 01, 2013
Yes in Barbados we call ackee what y'all call guinep!!! Just like Jamaicans say "unnu" to mean y'all, we Bajans say "wunna" to mean y'all.
Drwattsy Dec 23, 2013
What is toto in Trini?
jo Jan 26, 2014
In Trinidad we call it chennete and akee is yellow with black seeds
jade Apr 25, 2014
jamaica did not invent guinep or ackee. Every country has their own language. Ackee, guinep whatever can be called shit for all I care. Its from the earth not yours.
767 May 20, 2014
In Dominica we call this kenip
Luluh Jun 10, 2014
LOL!! its ok, we're all island people, which is a blessing being that we are free. Thank God for our ancestors landing where they did. We are more than fortunate we get to call "our foods" whatever. I love it when I get to go home and pick ackee, guinep, june plum, and mango from the trees and EAT THEM!! Everyone, just respect each other, eat "your" food and enjoy... One Love!
smh Jun 14, 2014
really stupid people here, we not tied to jamaica so call it what we like. saint lucia doesn't really deal with what jamaicans call "ackee". It's not our culture.
Hands Jul 05, 2014
We call this genip in St. John. Ackee a whole udder ting.
me Sep 02, 2014
I love ackee and salt fish
Chenette Nov 06, 2014
In St.Lucia this fruit is commonly referred to as ackee and occasionally as chenet (which many people assume is the creole word for the fruit) however St.Lucians refering to the fruit as ackee does not mean that we are not aware of the Jamaican ackee (which is grown in st.lucia as well). It's all about island heritage
hi Nov 17, 2014
hi
h Jan 03, 2015
The jamaican usage of the word is the original usage. The word comes from akan language of ghana from the word akye which is their name for the fruit.also unu is from igbo unu jamaicans say it exactly like how igbos say it, that's so cool
meika Jan 05, 2015
Ackee is wonderful with saltfish or even chicken so to all the people who don't eat I you are missing out on haven. it is a delightful treat
BajanAllDay Mar 05, 2015
Schupse! All de talk, I like ackee (Barbados) real bad! It too sweet.
Joy May 05, 2015
I am confused.... why are two different fruits pictured? I left Dominica as a young child, but the green skin fruit pictured I remember calling it Kenips and the reddish/pinkish skin fruit I only learned about it after moving to Miami and it was referred to by Dominican family friends as Ackee.... so its not a debate about who calls it what, but rather what exactly the debate is about....
Maebella Gabriella May 30, 2015
Because it's a common name for both fruits....as s child I knew the bottom (green deliciousness) as ackee. It wasn't until I got older I realised that Jamaicans called the top pic the same thing (which they cook with saltfish, not one if my favs but who can turn down saltfish??) ...
Vincy Jul 10, 2015
We call it both ackee and guniep!We know what Jamaican ackee is!
orlando satchell Jul 26, 2015
Living in st lucia as jamicam born mother , my self born in the Uk , but a chef in st lucia, , how do we show case the cusine of the Caribbean if we can not call the ingredients the correct names , it's one thing to respect a countrs view point , however if it's call guinep or quenepa , why should you call other name like ackee , the national fruit of other island ?so where did it come from
triniboi Jul 30, 2015
Unbelievable that so many cannot accept that different cultures call things by differently. The so called "correct names" are those in the scientific classifications. Other than that its a fruit called differently by different cultures. Same as "money". Is it dollar, lira, peso, rupee, pound, renminbi, euro, franc (one for almost every letter of the alphabet), or is it all of the above?
Trinigal Aug 03, 2015
If Bajana call Chenet/ guinep 'akee', what do they call Akee? Jamaican Akee? And if Chenet/ guinep is related to the Lychee, did it come from China? Maybe an Englishman mislabeled a cargo of Chenet\ guinep when it landed in Barbados a couple of hundred years ago..? (No disrespect intended)
Trinigal Aug 03, 2015
It is one thing to call a fruit or tree by different names according to culture, for example Melongene, aubergine, eggplant...but to call it the name of a completely different fruit (imagine Mango for Melongene!) is somewhat confusing to say the least. But so be it. It is what it is :)
Nathalie Aug 06, 2015
I'm Haitian-American, grew up in Miami. I have a Trini best friend and a Jamaican best friend. The green fruit I've only know it to be called either lychee or kinip. Akee is the other fruit that has the black seeds.... So freakin' good, but poisonous if eaten before it's ready. I've never heard the name to be used to describe one fruit, but it's good to know.
Jade Aug 23, 2015
To those wondering what us Bajans call "Jamaican ackee", we doan call it anything because it doesn't grow here, we never really need to refer to it.
gerty Aug 23, 2015
Den how unnu mek ackee and saltfish?
Jade 5 hours ago
We doan mek ackee and saltfish, that isn't a dish here
gerty 1 hours ago
Wow. That's no way to live. How very sad....
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