Green fruits eaten raw or diced and added to soups, fresh or dried; seeds used to curdle milk; leaves of some cultivars. edible cooked in soups; used as vegetable rennet (BIB; FAC; TAN; UPW).
• Arabians boil berries in oil to make eardrops (GHA).
• Arabians direct smoke from burning dried berries toward hemorrhoids (GHA).
• Congolese use leaf sap as expectorant in bronchosis and spasmodic coughs, a throat paint for laryngitis, quinsy, sore throat, and tonsilitis (UPW).
• Guinea natives gargle the decoction or tea for sore throat or take for dyspepsia or stomachache (UPW).
• Omani insert sore fingers in fruits to draw out pus (GHA).
• Paniya women use as contraceptive, while barren Nigerians viewed as fertility symbol (BIB).
• Pedi take roasted plant for pleurisy, pneumonia, the decoction for other chest problems (KAB).
• South Africans poultice fruits onto external benign tumors (JLH).
• Sutos of South Africa use plant for sore throat and toothache (KAB).
• Taiwanese use the rhizomes for hepatitis (ZUL).
• Tanganyikans insert flower in ear for earache (UPW)
• Tanganyikans use root for abdominal pain, carbuncles, and hepatosis; the fruit for snakebite; and the gall for earache (BIB).
• Tanzanians use for dandruff, dermatosis, earache, gonorrhea, hepatosis, pneumonia, ringworm, sore, syphilis, and wounds (ZUL).
• Yemeni and Dhofari inhale smoke from burning seeds for toothache (GHA).
• Zimbabweans use roots for dysmenorrhea; gastrointestinal, respiratort, and venereal complaints; and toothache (ZUL).
• Zulu use the juice of the plant for ringworm (BIB).
"Aqueous fruit extract causes skin carcinoma in animals" (HDN). Unripe fruit and other parts poisonous to animals, inducing bloat, colic, diarrhea, paralysis, polypnea, salivation, and tachycardia (ZUL).
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