Native African fruits that have created million-dollar industries outside the continent

Alice Otchere Johnson Jul 17, 2018 at 07:00pm

July 17, 2018 at 07:00 pm | Foodie Friday

Alice Otchere Johnson

Alice Otchere Johnson | Intern Writer

July 17, 2018 at 07:00 pm | Foodie Friday

Ackee fruit

Ackee Fruit

This fibre rich fruit is the national fruit of Jamaica. Ackee is natively from West Africa and is said to be a corrupt version of the word “Akye”, a Twi word from the Akan tribe in Ghana, West Africa. This fruit is believed to have migrated from West Africa in the late 17th century to the Caribbean. It is one of the other main ingredients of Jamaica’s cherished National dish; “Ackee and Saltfish”.

Cooked ackee with saltfish and dumplings — Photo credit:

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