Edible- Fruits are edible, but only occasionally eaten because of the unpleasant odor of the white flesh.
Traditional Folk Medicine- Uused to treat colds and stomachaches. Juice from leaves used for skin diseases. Shamans of South America used tree parts for malaria. Fruit pulp used to disinfect wounds. Young leaves used for toothache.
Religious / Ritual: (1) Hindus consider it a sacred tree as the petals of the flowers resemble the sacred snake, Naga, a cobra protecting a Shiva Lingam with its hood. (2) In some parts of India, the tree is worshipped by childless couples.
Fragrance: Fragrant flowers can be used to scent perfumes and cosmetics.
Wood: (1) Hard shells of the fruit sometimes used as containers and utensils. (2) Wood used for making incense. 4
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