Greetings from Jamaica… I wish you all could be here. As mentioned in earlier posts I am involved with a health and wellness retreat in Jamaica for most of January. So far the visit has proven to be quite an adventure. I’ve been staying at Natania’s Guest House in Westmoreland parish in the small town of Culloden. The place is right on the ocean front with a small sandy beach and Sandals Resort – Whitehouse as our neighbor across the water. I find it to be a bit ironic that we’d be teaching people how to eat for health and longevity across the water from a high end resort with little regard for any of these things.
Ackee has been the big surprise of my visit. I was familiar with this food from a visit to Jamaica when I was 10 years old. What little I remember is that it looked like scrambled eggs when prepared and that it was poisonous if consumed unripe. “Can you eat it raw?” was the first question that came to mind and it turns out the answer is “yes” though most people don’t. Ackee is one of the few fruits with a high fat content (between 51-58%), 55% of the fat being linoleic acid (short chain omega-6 fats). Ackee has a neutral to savory taste and a firm, brittle texture when fresh that surrenders to mush over time. One of the yoga instructors at the retreat(Yoshi) had quite an affinity for raw ackee which he enjoyed eating with onion and Scotch bonnet peppers. His passion for ackee inspired me to create an ackee omelet with a Scotch bonnet pepper salsa. Enjoy the video and recipes… and Keep it Live!