The prized feature of the Ackee tree is its fruit, which turns red upon maturity. With adequate warmth and sunshine, the fruit splits open, revealing three creamy arils attached to black seeds. Once harvested and cleaned, the edible and creamy arils can be used for cooking, serving as a vegetable, even though botanically they are classified as fruits. Ackee is considered the national fruit of Jamaica and is an essential ingredient in the beloved Caribbean national dish, saltfish and ackee. It is important to note that unripe fruits are not safe for consumption and should be allowed to ripen and split open naturally.