Updated!!!Jamaican Ackee Boats and more
I will be adding an online resource for people interested in buying West Indian products from reputable stores. If you want to try ackee you can try this site
Sam’s Caribbean Marketplace
They are a reputable store and I spoke to the manager already! Do check back soon for online resource for Caribbean Vegan
Dear fellow vegans and vegetarians I present to you a soy free,egg-free breakfast scramble with the exact texture of scramble eggs but not the taste you would have to doctor that yourself… I can see the black salt coming out now. Do not get excited yet because there is a 50/50 chance that you would like ackee despite its creamy fluffy texture in the mouth. It really does look like coagulated egg yolks and it just melts in the mouth. For me I fall somewhere in the middle with my relationship with ackee. I understand how people go broke buying it and I can understand why another set of people cannot stand it at all. Maybe it is the texture that tricks the mind and when it does not taste like egg it ruins it but, there is black salt! Maybe it is that slight ackee taste that ruins their scramble egg eating…I do not know but try it and if you like it hooray and if you do not like I will find something else for you to try. One thing for sure finally us vegans have a high end expensive product to add to our list which is not bad.
My first experience with this fruit that is a part of the national dish of Jamaica was not very good. You see I was one of those picky children and anything that was foreign I would turn up my nose at. I also think it looked too much like scramble eggs or fish roe and did not understand how it could be a fruit and then still be in a savory dish. Jamaican ackee was never popular in Barbados because people were not familiar with it and if you consumed it green it would poison you. To read more about this popular fruit that is not treated as a fruit click here.
Do not stop reading yet…
One day in my pre vegan days my father bought a can of Jamaican Ackees and made Ackee and Saltfish and even then it smelt good but I did not eat it. People would talk about how delicious ackee was but I was not buying it then. When I went vegan I finally tried the ackee and now I am a fan. It is not something I would eat every weekend for brunch because it is expensive. When I was writing Caribbean Vegan my testers came to me complaining about the 10 usd to 13 usd price for a can. What can I say..I do not work at Grace or any of the companies that make canned ackee. I do think the reason could be is it something seasonal, something that experts cultivate and maybe the cost of production in Jamaica is high…just maybe..Anyone out there with any other theories?
Here is a photo of the canned Ackee I get and some of my testers used this brand when they were testing.
Here is Jamaican Ackee Straight out the can
Before you walk away from this post hear me out Jamaican Ackee is delicious for some people, it is an excellent VEGAN SOY FREE scramble, the texture is just like scramble eggs and you can play around with any amounts of vegetables and herbs and spices to make your scramble unique. You can buy a can of ackee from most ethnic groceries even some Asian grocers in the states carry it. It is easy to find once you open your eyes. Here is a brand I use for this dish and it is the only brand I have used and it is manufactured in Jamaican and exported worldwide.
Here is another serving suggestion for Ackee, Ackee Salad which is a hot scramble that can be served with rice.
and if that was not enough food porn for you here is another shot
Prepare Ackee Scramble like how you would a regular tofu scramble making sure you use things like Braggs, chopped onions and garlic, tomatoes and peppers and a little habenero chopped. Fresh herbs like parsley and thyme work well (FRESH IS BEST!) .I never tried putting black salt on mine but I will be looking out for the blog post of the first person who does. I like to put a little crumbled nori in it to give a little seafood flavour but that is just me. Do not forget salt and pepper and try to use Earth Balance instead of oil to saute your veg.
Try not to treat your ackee like eggs or tofu. The bodies are very delicate and need to be rinsed gently out of the can and when adding them to the vegetables in the frying pan try to toss gently.
A recipe for loaded Ackee Scramble is in the book but if you have any questions I can help as always.
Have a Jamaican style breakfast with Johnny Cakes, plantains and saute spinach or canned callaloo. Serve with bush tea. All these recipes are in Caribbean Vegan.
If you want more information on Caribbean Vegan click here.
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