|Engkala leaves found in Australia|
|Beautiful tree full of engkala|
The fruits are often sold in the market and especially in the smaller towns. The fruit is well loved. It is a strange way to prepare the fruit. You normally hit the skin gently with the back of a spoon and soon the fruit is soft and almost mushy. Eaten with salt the fruit is tangy and even sweet to engkala fans.
Most of the indigenous people of Sarawak find the bark useful. Some would pound the bark and use it as a poultice to treat sprains. Some pound leaves together and squeeze the juice out to cure skin dieseases.
The leaves are often heated over charcoal and placed on sore arms to relax muscles and reduce tiredness.
The seeds are often used for its oil which can be made into soaps and simple oil for massage by Iban housewives.
The engkala as a fruit is a welcome dish in many Iban families.