Bless you! Oh, were you just saying the name of this fruit? It sure does have a name to match its look. Looking like something you would expect to step out of a UFO, ackee is the next fruit on our list.
It is a member of the soapberry family and is closely related to lychee. Seems like everyone is trying to cramp lychee’s style these days. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
This weird exotic fruit is native to West Africa and is known locally as isin. It is no chom chom, but we’ll take it. The fruit was first imported to Jamaica in the 1700s on a slave ship and has since become an important part of Caribbean cuisine.
If you are lucky, you may even find canned ackee at your local grocery shop. But keep in mind that unripe parts of the fruit are toxic. And now you know why the FDA banned the fruit for many years.
But if you like a little danger, with a sweet reward to match, then this is the fruit for you.