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Where can i buy Ackee Fruit Tree in Australia?

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Aaron Paterson starts with ...
Hello I would like to know where in Australia I can buy an ACKEE fruit tree which Jamaican people make food from the fruit. Is there a Nursery in Australia who sells ACKEE FRUIT TREES, also PLANTAIN TREE & BREADFRUIT TREES. Is there a place where I can buy fresh fruit from these trees/plants? I live in Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Thanks for any help given. Aaron C Paterson.
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Jimmy says...
Not to sure, there is obviuosly mass immigration of Jamiacans as we keep getting asked this.
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BJ says...
Try this forum ... there was a few people in QLD that had the tree ... https://www.daleysfruit.com.au/forum/ackee-tree/ Apparently Limberlost Nurseries 113 Old Smithfield Road Freshwater, Cairns. 07 4055 1262 sells them too (so says that last forum).
You may be able to import seeds (make sure you use the botanical name) but this is going to take time and money - but if you look at the previous post (which I tried to attatch above) there are some people in QLD with the tree - they may be able to provide seeds / suckers / information as to sources. There are also people that sell Jamaican cusine.
Good luck
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Violet_Cactus says...
I don't know about Australia, but I read somewhere that it's illegal to import ackee into the USA because of its potential lethal toxicity.
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BJ says...
Bluggoe bananas are Plantain. You can buy them from Banana nurseries. You'll have to get a DPI permit to grow one in Rocky though. Supposed to be easy to get though. The Backyard Blue Banana website has a bit of info on there. I'm looking into it now also.
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Minxie says...
In answer to there must be a massive amount of jamacians here is total rubbish I've meet one other in my 30 years of being here, n it's alittle offensive , like we've took over implied , my grandmother made brilliant food with ackee n bread fruit I'd love to know where u can buy them also so if u do find out please let me know also :)
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snottiegobble says...
Minxie, I am sure Jimmy didnt mean to offend. Maybe in Queensland there are more Jamaicans due to the similiar climate back in Jamaica?
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Jimmy says...
some people.
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Carol, Perth WA says...
Yes, There is a mass migration of Jamaicans and Aussies who have travelled to Jamaica. If only you were able to try the Ackee you too would love this fruit/vegetable. Can anyone find the illusive Ackee tree here in the land of OZ????!!!

Carol, WA
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Mike says...
They used to be around in the past but seemed to have lost favour.I'll have to drive past the park in Moody Street to see if the fabulous akee tree I used to raid is still there.Plantains are fairly standard I thought and there is a large variety of breadfruit and breadnut that tropical fruit growers cultivate around mossman and on the cassowary coast.Limberlost may be the only nursery around with them but exotic groves or mena creek probably would.
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trikus says...
Limberlost should be closed now and will soon be turned into yuppie apartments .
I had a few akees very early in winter .
Several trees growing locally.
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BJ says...
Is it closed already?
I was planning a visit in the next few weeks!
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annie says...
Maybe you're over sensitive, I'm from Sydney and used to know quite a lot of Jamaicans in Sydney, was told there were more in Melbourne as well as some in Perth - musicians told me this.
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Mike says...
A chum told me today there is a big tree on a property near Kuranda that gets loads of fruit that just drop on the ground. I might try to acquire some seeds when the season comes around.
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BagLady says...
I can think of no better soil for this wonderful fruit than the rich, red dirt that surrounds Cooktown. A few breadfruit trees would complete the ensemble and provide great, cheap nutritional food for the top end.
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BagLady says...
Well that is just so pathetic.
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BagLady says...
Well did you do it?
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Mike says...
It will never happen just as breadfruit,mangoes,sweet potato and in fact all projects on cape york to provide cheap easily grown food to locals have failed.Ackee could poison the people and it did happen and was't pathetic at all.
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jakfruitetiquette says...
Ackee used to be grown around Cairns, as street trees and park trees, suprised if they are still not there? Breadfruit and breadnut also not too rare there.
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Mike says...
JE they are around but I was talking about cape york from cooktown north.Street fruit trees,community gardens and orchards have long been suggested as ways to improve nutrition and reduce food costs in disadvantaged communities.I saw some breadnuts yesterday and they are less common than breadfruit.
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Lena says...
Hello There. My family and I have just arrived from a trip to Jamaica. The food is absolutely divine. I am an Aussie and I have been converted.I too would love to now grow an Ackee Tree.
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
Where abouts are you located? A few of our members in FNQ have access to ackee trees.
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DC says...
Any updates on this? Have been looking for ackee seeds/seedlings for years, and know many people who would love to grow some...or even just eat some of mine if and when I ever get hold of one.

Have also heard of the fabled Cairns Ackees but have yet to see any evidence, particularly of the edible or viable kind.

Ackee mi seh!
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BJ says...
I had a few seedlings of a cairns akee. I gave most away and now only have one which is designed for a spot on the farm. Gorgeous and tough little plant at the moment.
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DC says...
Okay...so, for those nearby, Limberlost nursery in Cairns has Ackee seedlings for sale for $17. Waiting to hear if they can send nationally, and/or if they also have seeds.

If anyone from Daleys is reading this....any chance of starting to stock them? There's obviously a high demand! I could pretty much guarantee at least 20 would be bought in my circle of friends alone.
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DC says...
For anyone in the Brisbane/NNSW area: I am considering doing a bulk order of ackee seedlings to make the transport cost (via greyhound bus) from Cairns more reasonable.

I would ship to Brisbane to avoid the mandatory DPI spray (and associated costs) they have to do if sending out of Qld.

If anyone is interested in getting a seedling let me know - I only want 2 myself so hope to find other interested people to get the numbers up and share the costs.

Let me know!
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Anonymous says...
They are not a tree or fruit in high demand as few people know akee.Trees seem to be rare in yards and there are just a few park trees.I have not seen anyone picking fruit in Cairns but those I have tried have been of high quality.A number of top cultivars were brought in,in the 1970's and 1980's.
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Anonymous says...
Peter, I am getting used to being a shadowy figure with an identity crisis now.I am pretty sure that is one of the things I tried.An Onymous can be my alter ego from now on.
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DC says...
Okay - not an overwhelming response (!) but if anyone in the Brisbane and surrounding areas is interested, we can get up to 12 delivered for $17 each plus a total of $85 postage (flat rate) from Cairns to Brisbane, regardless of quantity ordered.

So, if we can get 10 orders together between us we can get them for $25 each, delivered. Not the cheapest of trees...but worth it! C'mon people!
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
I was thinking about it DC... how advanced are the seedlings? Do you think they'd do any good in our area?
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DC says...
Hi Phil,

Not sure how advanced they are, but the nursery says "140mm pot size plants" - I'm guessing about as advanced as your average $10 seedling.

As to whether they'll do well in the area...I do have some doubts - they obviously won't like frost - but I'm so bloody keen to grow some that I'm game to give it a go. Position (and lots of love) will be the key of course, plus I'm playing with the idea of making a greenhouse-type-structure as Ackee isn't the only full tropical fruit I'd like to grow. You would possibly have more luck being that bit closer to the coast?
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Phil@Tyalgum says...
I have a couple of young plants from seed which the famous Mike sent me a while back. We get the odd light frost but I have mostly canopy here so if I can get it to a decent height it might do ok. But happy to get a couple more if you're still going ahead with your plan.
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DC says...
Great! Well that makes about 5 or 6 so far, which meets the minimum order, but still carries the flat rate for postage. I'll give it a few more days and see if I can find some more people with impeccable taste to bump the numbers up / postage down and let you know.

Cheers!
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sternus1 says...
I might be tempted over to the dark side....tell me more about this fruit :D

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sternus1 says...
Actually I'll pass, doesn't pass toxicity standards for me.

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Sandy_H says...
Hello,
Were you able to source enough people to order your Ackee seedlings? Definitely interested!
Thanks
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JohnMc1 says...
Phil, I must have the sister to your plant/s originally received as seed from Mike. It's now around knee high and still in a pot, I'm thinking I might plant it out soon.
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phil@tyalgum says...
Hey John, yes some promising new growth on mine I just noticed today. Still in a supertube I'm afraid, nervous about selecting the right site for it. I also noticed jujubes forming on one of Lucy's plants I purchased a couple of years back - a first for me
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JohnMc1 says...
You will certainly love the Jujube's Phil. I still can't leave any on the trees long enough until they dry to the red date stage. Lucy might be getting the "honey Pot" variety next winter fingers crossed. I think I have around 13-14 varieties and counting.
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The poster formerly known as... says...
I put one on the easement out the back. It has taken a hammering from the early summer we have here in early spring - hot westerly sun and strong dry winds - but is bouncing back now we've had a little rain. They seem pretty tough and if we do get a wet season this year I'd expect it to go from a foot to a meter.
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JohnMc1 says...
Sorry to be off topic OP, but lastly, Jujube's are one tough drought resistant tree that needs very little attention and still produces copious amounts of delicious fruit. One early mistake I made was to feed them like other fruit trees and lost a few as a consequence. All mine are still in gro-bags, hasn't affected growth or performance that I know of.
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MaryT1 says...
Hi JohnMc1 - what size grow bags are those?
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John, I made the mistake of putting mine in-ground. they both had large swollen nodes about 3 inches below the soil line and constantly sent out vigorous suckers from that point. I dug them up and potted them up but they just declined and the grafts died in the end. The nodes kept shooting though.
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phil@tyalgum says...
Hey Mike if you see this post I have a healthy young Ackee tree from seed you sent a couple of years back. It has survived winter so far ok, will need to select a sheltered spot for it when I finally plant it out. Phil
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JohnMc1 says...
Looking good Phil. I must have one of it's sibling. Mike sent me some seeds around the same time. Not sure whether to plant it outside or keep moving it into the poly house each winter. Any idea of it's minimum temperature tolerance?
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hastiiii says...
this fruit seems to be a dangerous one. see the link below plz:
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