When we were in childhood years, we used to collect talisay seeds. We were removing the soft pericarp and breaking the hard shell in order to get the edible kernel. We were doing this just for fun and not to satisfy our hunger. Hundreds of seeds are not enough to fill one’s stomach.
The seed pericarp is also edible with a sweet-acid taste. I never knew this when I was a child.
My father cut down our talisay trees because they are favorite breeding grounds of mariposa butterflies. Mariposa larvae cause skin itchiness, tilas in Tagalog.
Cutting down talisay tree was not a good idea because it has many medicinal uses.
1) The leaves applied to the head and sides are refreshing and sudorific – a medicine that causes or increases sweating.
2) The red leaves and fruits are used to expel worms.
3) The leaves are mixed with oil and rubbed on the breast to cure pain.
4) The bark is used against gastric fevers and bilious diarrhea.
5) The bark is also antidysenteric. Dysentery is infection of the intestines marked by severe diarrhea.
6) The sap of the tender leaves, mixed and cooked with the oil of the kernel. The solution is used to cure leprosy.
7) The decoction of bark is used as remedy for gonorrhoea and leucorrhoea. Gonorrhoea is a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra. Leucorrhoea discharge of white mucous material from the vagina; often an indication of infection.
8) The bark is recommended as a cure for bilious fever.
9) The juice of the young leaves is employed in the preparation of an ointment for scables, leprosy, and other cutaneous diseases, also useful for headache and colic.
10) The leaves are macerated with palm oil and applied as a remedy for tonsillitis.
source: bureau of plant and industry, bpi