This large, evergreen tree has plenty varieties. It bears a fruit that is very popular in Barbados, both to humans and monkeys. This is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. This tree prefers growing in a sunny position with well drained soils and is also drought tolerant. The fruit can be eaten both raw and cooked, mostly eaten raw. The juice can be used to make chutneys, jams, pickles and more. Young leaves can be cooked as a vegetable.
Medicinally, an infusion is drunk to reduce blood pressure and is used as a treatment for angina, asthma, coughs and diabetes. A mouthwash made from the leaves is effective in hardening the gums and helping to treat dental problems. The seed, when roasted, is used to treat stubborn colds and coughs.
Fun Fact: The bark and leaves produce a yellowish-brown dye used for silk.