Tree produces fruit and seeds profusely. Seeds are dispersed by animals. Grows rapidly in full light but tolerates shade in early life and can be raised under shade at a slower rate. Die-back may occur if not thinned. Fencing plantations with wire netting recommended to protect against grazing animals
Coffee Agroforestry Information
Tree Benefits and Uses
- Livestock Forage
Fruit, vegetable, and immature fruit are used to make soup, the unripe fruit is used as a vegetable or made into pickles, the ripe fruit is eaten fresh or preserved in syrup, and the seeds are rich in starch and eaten. There are two common fruit varieties, barka, that has a sweet, fleshy, crisp pericarp, and kapa, that is inferior and has a thin mucilage and sour pericarp. Its wood is used to build houses and tools and the tree also produces latex and dye. Leaves are used to treat wounds and skin sores.