Blepharis edulis Pers. Acanthaceae.
Persia, Northwestern India, Nubia and tropical Arabia.
The leaves are
Blighia sapida Kon. Sapindaceae. AKEE FRUIT.
This small tree is a native of Guinea and was carried to
Jamaica by Captain Bligh in 1793. It is much esteemed in the West
Indies as a fruit. The fruit is fleshy, of a red color tinged with yellow,
about three inches long by two in width and of a three-sided form.
When ripe, it splits down the middle of each side, disclosing three
shining, jet-black seeds, seated upon and partly immersed in a white,
spongy substance called the aril. This aril is the eatable part. Fruits
ripened in the hothouses of England have not been pronounced very
desirable. Unger says, however, the seeds have a fine flavor when
cooked and roasted with the fleshy aril.