Updated: May 24, 2019
OK, first of all, this is my favorite breakfast when I am home in Canada or when I am visiting the West Indies. In my opinion there is nothing else like this dish.
What is Ackee?:
Ackee migrated to Jamaica in 1725 from West Africa, this fruit is said to be a blessing and perhaps a foe. If improperly prepared the fruit can cause harm, requiring medical attention and can keep one very ill for a time.
Ackee in natures form on the tree
When harvested from the trees, preparers are very careful when extracting the fruit from the dangers of the black seed it comes with on the inner part of the ackee. When cooked and ready, ackee and salt fish is known as the national dish. It is a splendor to eat when sautéed gently with onions, herbs, peppers and native seasonings to Jamaica.
Salt cod or known as salt fish is cod that has been preserved after drying and then salted. This adds the salt flavors to the ackee when prepared together. However, prior to mixing the two together the salt fish should be boiled two to three times before adding it with the ackee to ensure the taste is not too salty for serving.
Salted cod, preserved, dried and salted
Ackee & Salt fish with peppers, herbs and onions
This fruit is just an amazing dream to me, it serves as a delicious dish to ackee or any dish; or simply on its own. The taste of the breadfruit is pure and plain, but the natural flavor is perfect for any sweet or salty dish. Breadfruit is a species of the Flowering tree in the mulberry and jack fruit family. This fruit originated in New Guinea and the Maluku Islands and the Philippines. It's introduction to the Caribbean was in the late 18th century and has grown famous for its baked bread or potato like flavor.
Breadfruit in its natural state on the tree
Plantains are another favorite of mine and I am sure for many others also.
Plantains can be cooked at any stage of ripeness, but they are the most sweet when their color changes from yellow to being 80 to 90% black. When fried until golden brown on both sides it is a perfect side addition to the ackee and salt fish dish, served alone or with other fish dishes as well. They are rich in vitamins A, C and B-6 and the minerals magnesium and potassium. Plantains are available in most grocery stores and you can have so much fun with this fruit.
Ackee & Salt fish
This dish again is absolutely delicious and make ones appetite completely full of satisfaction. When you visit the Caribbean be sure to indulge on this dish, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. This dish is a definitely pleasing to her beach bag.
Thank you for reading this blog in her beach bag, please leave your comments about this and if you have ever sampled it, I'd love to hear from you.