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Updated!!!Jamaican Ackee Boats and more

October 17, 2010

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

http://www.sams247.com/detail.aspx?ID=12116

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.

Vegan Jamaican Ackee Breakfast Boats

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.

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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

Canned Jamaican Ackee

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.

Ackee Scramble Salad

and if that was not enough food porn for you here  is another shot

Jamaican Ackee now that is Brunch!

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.

Giveaway finishes next week so enter soon.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2010 5:25 pm

    Looks great. I had never heard of Ackee but I am always open to try anything once….in food I mean???? Keep those great dishes coming, they look mighty delicioso Taymer.

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 17, 2010 5:26 pm

      funny in food you mean lol

  2. Ayad ohamed permalink
    October 17, 2010 10:20 pm

    You took the words right out of my mouth, sister! I love and grew up eating ackees. I always said to myself, as a kid, this looks and reminds me so much of scrambled eggs!

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 17, 2010 10:22 pm

      why is it so expensive? Do you know? It is more expensive than truffles

  3. October 20, 2010 9:08 am

    about my miso-balsamic… i don’t think the miso is overwhelming it all. it just mellows out the balsamic a bit.

    and i’m sold on the ackee – it looks just like scrambled eggs! where do you think i would be able to find this in the states – any regular stores or are we talking about a specialty store? do i need to order it online?

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 20, 2010 9:30 am

      I will try the dressing anyways it is not abt you just my fear of miso flavour. It depends where you live check around in your Asain groceries, indian sometimes but you will have the most luck at a west indian grocery. I will be updating my blog with online grocery stores but http://www.sams247.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=42 This store is good and I spoke to the manager online recently and it is cheaper than what I am paying for it in the Caribbean!

  4. October 20, 2010 12:48 pm

    What crazy timing; I had just noticed a can of ackees in the store for the first time about a week ago, and after getting over the sticker shock, became incredibly curious as to what in the heck they were. Thank you so much for explaining, they sound fascinating and potentially very delicious! If only they weren’t so crazy expensive, I would try them right away. Maybe I’ll buy myself a can for my birthday in a couple of months. 😉

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 20, 2010 12:52 pm

      lol I had to save to buy mine for the blog post..gulped when the person rang it up Nice seeing you again more goodies to come on my side and always reading you as usual

  5. October 20, 2010 5:40 pm

    I am so intrigued by Ackee now!

  6. October 20, 2010 9:12 pm

    I too have never heard of Jamaican Ackees before. It’s hard to imagine the taste and texture. I wonder if I could find them in Ottawa, Ontario….

    Looks good 🙂

    • Taymer permalink*
      October 20, 2010 9:14 pm

      I will find a list of west indian stores and put them up on the blog soon Lots of West Indians live in Ottawa . Texture like really fluffy eggs and something like a soft cheese and the taste I cannot explain it is mild so you can spice it up and make it taste like scrambled eggs

  7. October 24, 2010 11:18 am

    Beautiful presentation Tay! It is served as an appetizer on toasted cassava rounds, in phyllo cups etc. too.

  8. December 18, 2010 1:27 pm

    I am a Jamaican who grew up with Ackee and salt fish, always was my favourite dish. Luckly we had a Ackee tree where i lived so naturally when ever i wanted Ackee i would pick it from the tree fresh if there was enough one ones on the tree. It is also very expensive here in England where i live around £4-5 a can, i think maybe the reason why it is so expensive is the fact that they have to do a lot of work to Can and export the Ackee, whenever i am back visiting a hardly do see the can ones in the supermarket in JA.

  9. Deneice permalink
    January 31, 2011 3:46 pm

    Agreeing with Cal: the process of preparing ackee for cooking is very meticulous and errors can mean your last meal. The poor removal of the pink membrane inside each piece of fruit can poison you. So, I guess a part of the price covers that ‘insurance’. Plus, ackees can easily get squashed and become unappealing, so for them to hand select the perfectly whole pieces and discard the rest, I guess the price covers that as well. It is about J$400 for a can in Jamaica, but I don’t know anyone who buys it. We pick them from our backyards or buy them in the market in the pods – not canned. (Had some curried ackee ystrdy.)

    • Taymer permalink*
      January 31, 2011 3:51 pm

      Hey Deneice I am paying 16 usd now..i figure the skill in getting these Grace ready had to be a reason for the cost. There is a tree near my house but I am terrified to pick the fruit I honestly do not know if it is ripe even if it is opened I am not confident enough to pick my ackee…will come to Jamaica to get schooled in that so I would not let the ackee on this tree go to waste.

  10. claudia permalink
    December 23, 2011 5:22 am

    I pay $17 US for ackee in Los Angeles, I don’t eat ackee but my Kids love it,that will be their breakfast for this Christmas morning with some fried up corn pork.

  11. kotyara permalink
    January 14, 2012 9:08 am

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  12. Melissa permalink
    April 29, 2012 8:48 pm

    When picking ackee make sure its open like the picture on the cans. Red outside and you can see all the yellow flesh, make sure you get the red stems off first before you cook it.

  13. Tammy permalink
    August 22, 2015 4:17 pm

    Ackee sells here for 3-5 dollars a can and it’s at all grocery stores here in Toronto funny thing is I’m cooking Ackee and salt fish right now lol

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