Ackee is edible, and in Jamaica it is consumed with salt fish as the national dish. However, the fruit must be allowed to ripen on the tree, otherwise it could be poisonous. Medicinal and other uses: a.The leaves are used to make a tea for colds, flu, asthma and mucus congestion. b.The tea can also be mixed with salt and used as a mouthwash for pyorrhea and gum problems. c.Leaves hung in bunches on porches and around the house will keep away flies and other insects. d.The skin of the ackee can be beaten to a pulp and used as a kind of soap to cloth.