This is about a common fruit Santol.
Santol, known scientifically as Sandoricum Koejape is a common and well loved fruit in the Philippines. Wherever you maybe in the Philippines you can find santol in fruit stalls or in flea market. Inside this fruit is a white juicy pulp which usually eaten raw or some preserve it by making it as jam or jelly.
Santol grew as high or more than 2,000 ft long and is a good shelter, although its wood is hard but is not always good quality- mostly grained and not durable to be used for lumber. One thing is good with this fruit though, it can bear fruit any time of the year.
The fruit has its many uses, here’s a few of them:
- A fresh santol leaf can be employed directly to someone who has a fever which can cause sweating.
- Boiling few leaves used to bathe the patient.
- Some would crush its leaves for itching skin.
- While its roots can be used as a remedy for diarrhea.
- The bitter bark, containing the slightly toxic sandoricum acid, an unnamed, toxic alkaloid, and a steroidal sapogenin, is applied on ringworm and also enters into a potion given a woman after childbirth.
- Its root is crushed and blend with vinegar and water which is then given as a carminative and remedy for diarrhea and dysentery.
- An infusion of the fresh or dried root, or the bark, may be taken to relieve colic and stitch in the side.
- The root is a stomachic and antispasmodic and prized as a tonic.
These are among the many uses of this fruit. While writing this article, it led me back in my school days where we loved this sour-sweet mouth-watering fruit dipped in salt . I remember my classmates used to tease me that when I swallow its pulp , a tree would grew inside the belly, which is really ridiculous. However, swallowing its seed could potentially be a life threatening risk as seeds might cause intestinal obstruction. In cases like this immediate medical attention should be given to the patient as soon as possible.