Ackee fruit: Ackee (Blighia sapida) is the national fruit of Jamaica. Ackee and salt fish (codfish) is the Jamaica's national dish. Ackee is not indigenous to Jamaica; it has remarkable historic associations
There are many varieties of fruits in Jamaica, however, only a few are indigenous to the island.
Syzygium malaccense is known by various names in other countries. In Jamaica, it is called Otaheite, or simply just ‘apple’. In 1793, Capt. Bligh introduced what we now call otaheite apples. Their name comes from their island of origin Tahiti, (Pacific Islands) in the 16th and 17th centuries was widely known as Otaheite. Although not indigenous to Jamaica, otaheite apples grow abundantly here. (Otahhite apples are ‘presumed’ to be native to Malaysia).
Number 11 mangoes are not as sweet as the East Indian. Becareful of the West Indian fruit fly
do not know the name of this plum but it grows rampantly in Jamaica. The season begins in May to late September. No, it is not the hog plums; hog plums are different. Hog plums should not be eaten by humans because of maggots’ infestation. (most Jamaicans called it ‘magic’ instead of maggot)
Spondias dulcis, called June plum in Jamaica. However, it is commonly called ‘jew plum’ by many people in Jamaica. June plum was introduced in Jamaica in 1872.
Sweetsop always known as sugar-apple in other countries, is native to tropical Americas and the West Indies. Sweetsop is a different fruit from custard apple (I will post pictures of custard apple, soon). Sweetsop is very sweet, hence the name ‘sweetsop’
The mango is not native to Jamaica, but originated in East India, Burma and the Andaman Islands bordering the Bay of Bengal. Legend has it that Buddha found tranquillity in a mango grove. Persian traders took the mango into the Middle East and Africa and from there the Portuguese brought it to Brazil and the West Indies.