Sunday, December 15, 2013

Would you eat this? Huh? Would you, huh, huh?


In we backyard, by the back bedroom, is a lush, tall tree.
And in that tree does grow a strange little fella and he pals.

When the red pod open in the tree, little black eyes peep at you. That's the time to pick and cook and eat. If you pick before them eyes you see, dire consequences gon fall pon you, death even, so the people say. So don't you dare, before them eyes appear.

‘Tis the ackee from Jamaica, a delicious, nutty little food.

13 comments:

John Greenwood said...

Scared me to death! xx

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you. I have heard of the ackee, but never seen it. What a fascinating fruit. If it is classified as a fruit. Fascinating anyway.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Child, I have no idea if it's a fruit. It has this lovely nut-buttery flavour. Mmm. I cook it with olives and tomatoes and paprika and shallot, onions, a pinch of black pepper...mmm.

JohnG, hahaha, I've seen pics of it, but I've never seen anyone showing it this way, haha. One day, I suddenly looked at it and saw it this way.

Guyanesesista said...

Ha! It looks creepy. There was an ackee tree right outside University of Guyana when I attended back in 2001-2002. I wonder if it's still there.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Sista, lol, creepy's the right word! I think the ackee tree at UG's still there, I've heard that the students know when to pick :-D

LOVE your hair!

Guyanesesista said...

Yea when my mom attended she lived in the dorms so she used to pick too. I lived off campus though. I already had campus living at PC so I didn't need more.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I didn't live on campus. But I enjoyed my UG days. There was the art room, Stanley the art prof., and Brian, the art room assistant. My friends and I hung out there.
Now, the students are too 'status-conscious'.
Wow. You're one of the top students, PC!

Dave said...

It looks like a Disney cartoon character! I have heard of it but have never seen or eaten it.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Dave, I like that...a Disney character - Ackee goes a-hunting for his Ma, and encounters all sorts of frightening mishaps.

Keith said...

For a moment there I thought it was a picture of my ex-wife. The resemblance is uncanny. She was poisonous too, when her eyes were open!

Kim Ayres said...

Never heard of it before, but if you presented it to me, I'd give it a go :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

Kim, the first time I taste ackee...mmmmm. You don't even need an adventurous palate to like it. But do not buy it in a tin, you never know, if there's one 'bad' one...poof, you might be gone.

Keith! Keith!! You wicked wicked chappie. [I emailed you, by the way].

MartyrMom said...

HI GG!!!! I thought you had done gone and killed a rabbit!! trying to read read read....all these posts I'm missing