Zilapi Fruit

Zilapi Fruit

Scientific name:  Pithecellobium dulce (Roxb.) Benth.

Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)


Kingdom         : Plantae
Division : Magnoliophyta
Class :Magnoliopsida
Subclass : Rosidae
Order : Fabales
Family : Fabacaeae
Genus : Pithecellobium
Species : P. dulce

Economic Importance

Used as food:The seed pods contain a sweet and sour pulp that is eaten raw as an accompaniment to various meat dishes and used as a base for drinks with sugar and water  The seeds are also edible and refined to extract oil, which amounts to 10% of their weight. They also contain 28% protein.

Used as medicine:The bark and pulp are used as medicine. 

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