About: The seed pods contain a sweet and sour pulp that which in Mexico is eaten raw as an accompaniment to various meat dishes and used as a base for drinks with sugar and water (agua de huamúchil). The seeds are also edible and refined to extract oil, which amounts to 10% of their weight. They also contain 28% protein.
As medicine: The bark and pulp are astringent and hemostatic.[medical citation needed] The indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica use the pulp and bark against gum ailments, toothache, and haemorrhages in general. A bark extract is also used for dysentery, chronic diarrhoea, and tuberculosis.[medical citation needed] An extract of the leaves is used for all ailments and to prevent miscarriage.[medical citation needed] The ground seed is used to clean ulcers