One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tropical West African tree which is cultivated for its fruit and has been introduced into the Caribbean and elsewhere.
- ‘Fond d' Or is a lush green wooded area with coconut trees, mangrove wetlands, wild sea grapes and ackee, known locally as zecak.’
- ‘Using flashlights to look outside, it seems as if part of the ackee tree has fallen down.’
- 1.1mass noun The fruit of the ackee, which is eaten as a vegetable but is poisonous until fully ripe.‘a tree full of ackees’mass noun ‘a dish of ackee’
- ‘If you ask Caucasians what regional foods they know or have tried, jerk meats, peas and rice, patties and ackee and saltfish are sure to be top responses.’
- ‘You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo referred to as Jamaica's national dish.’
- ‘The national dish in Jamaica is ackee and saltfish, but curried goat and rice, and fried fish and barnrny (a flat, baked cassava bread) are just as popular and delicious.’
- ‘I eat anything, and your ackee smells very inviting.’
- ‘I'm hoping to sample some traditional food such as jerk chicken, saltfish and ackee, plus keep an ear open for some new radio talent.’
- ‘The introduction of the ackee and the mango at the end of the eighteenth century did help to reduce this vitamin A deficiency.’
- ‘You can also get your saltfish with ackee, a combo that's often referred to as Jamaica's national dish.’
- ‘She went downstairs to be greeted by Gwen who was in the kitchen preparing ackee and saltfish with fried green plantains for breakfast.’
- ‘It encapsulates Jamaica's colonial past perfectly, as the fish (salted cod) would have been transported south in ships coming to collect sugar, while ackee, a savoury fruit, was introduced from West Africa.’
- ‘A Sunday brunch/feast of sausage & beans, ackee & saltfish and garlic crabs was put on and they had me licking my fingers and dying for more.’
- ‘She includes many Caribbean specialities, like souse, and ackee and saltfish, and the glowing photography, by Artie Colantuono, makes even something as plain as yam in butter sauce look like a long-awaited feast.’
- ‘Try the traditional breakfast of saltfish and ackee - far superior to bacon and eggs.’
- ‘At its simple best, Caribbean cuisine can be excellent: try conch chowder in the Bahamas, salt fish and ackee in Jamaica, fried plantain and barbecued shrimp just about anywhere.’
- ‘This spacious Jamaican restaurant has a wide-ranging menu that features the likes of cow foot, jerk chicken, ackee and salt fish, and cow-cod soup, but I was there to eat rotis.’
- ‘Local Carribean fruits - ackees, plums, guavas, sugar apples, and anything preserved by the Trinis’
- ‘The reader is introduced to tropical dishes like ackee and saltfish, thirst quenchers like rum punch and is entertained by reggae, calypso and a week long carnival celebration.’
- ‘After opening the can of Ackee, be sure to drain off the water that the ackee is packaged in.’
- ‘You can also tour the great house, have a Jamaican lunch of curry goat or ackee and salt fish, and take a swim in the pool.’
- ‘The streets were lined with jerk chicken barbecues, goat curry stands and Jamaican ackee and saltfish sellers.’
- ‘At Jake's we had crab and akee on toast, followed by kingfish in coconut cream, and wondered whether to make an appointment with the bicycling masseur Joshua Stein.’
Late 18th century: from Kru ākee.
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