Cut Nut, Pili Nut. Barringtonia edulis Family: Barringtoniaceae / Lecythidaceae Origin: Pacific Islands.
This is a small evergreen tree from Southwestern Pacific – Fiji, Vanuatu. The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. The edible seeds are sold in local markets, eaten raw or cooked, with a flavor like raw peanuts.
The bark is used in the treatment of stomach ailments and gonorrhoea. A strong tea made from the bark is claimed to induce abortion and definitive sterility
light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.