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DTW: Can I get Fresh Ackee anywhere?

JanPrimus Jul 23, 2012 04:36 PM

http://www.jamaicatravelandculture.co...

Looking to make some Ackee and Saltfish but I rather not get canned Ackee

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    Jim M Jul 23, 2012 07:56 PM

    Note that there is a restaurant that serves this dish.

    http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthre...

    So there must be somewhere to buy the ingredient. Good luck!

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      Goneril Jul 24, 2012 05:40 AM

      I think you'll have to go with canned, unless someone either snuck it past Customs or is growing in the US; fresh ackee is illegal to import into the US.

      From the USDA Fruits and Vegetables Manual, "Akee, Blighia sapida (all forms prohibited by FDA; if appropriate, alert Customs)". See page 6-6. http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_expo...

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        gan911 Jul 24, 2012 05:56 AM

        Pretty sure it's illegal. Never saw it when I lived in Sofla....considering how many carribean people there are down there....
        Not to mention isn't it poisonous without processing?

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          Michigan Mishuganer Jul 24, 2012 07:50 AM

          if available in SE MI area, Z Z's Produce on Packard (Ann Arbor) might be able to obtain?
          4092 Packard (734) 822-0494

          contact these folks?
          http://ackeeconnection.org/

          let me know if you see fresh breadfruit (ulu) anywhere, it makes the greatest latkes (potato pancakes)!

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