Santol or Cotton Fruit is indeed delicious when eaten fresh. WhileMalaysia, young cotton fruits are cooked with sugar and candied, then in the Philippines, the fruits are preserved as sweet syrup. Aside from that, there are many other uses for this exotic tropical fruit to be discovered.
People in Asia use santol leaves to help them feel better when they are ill, and they take baths with the leaves when they are unwell. The fruit (particularly its roots) is also used as a tonic after delivery, and it is beneficial in treating diarrhea. The plant’s anti-inflammatory qualities may also be found in many sections of the plant, which can be used to alleviate the symptoms of dysentery.
It has previously been stated that the jam or marmalade produced from santol fruit is highly delectable. Although the fruit may also be used to prepare syrup and add flavor to drinks, this is far from the only method you can utilize in the kitchen. Santol is used in a variety of Thai dishes, including som tam (a wonderful spicy salad with shredded fruits), many different prawn curries, and santol pork, which is the primary component in the dish. According to Filipino culinary tradition, the fruit is the primary component of sinatolan, an appetizer composed of shredded santol fruit rinds. It can be found in various soups and milkfish dishes, where it serves as the souring agent.
The tree’s wood is very valuable in the building industry. The tree is thick and big, and it may provide a pleasant shade. It is also very simple to polish and shape. The wood from this tree is even used to create storage facilities, house pillars, light frames, and other interior buildings in some rural regions of Asia.
Based on recent study findings, the seeds’ extracts contain insecticidal qualities and may be used as a natural mosquito repellent or pesticide.