- In traditional medicine, the sap of leaf is used to cure eye ailments in traditional medicine.
- The Melinjo seeds are used to increase stamina.
- During early days, this plant is mixed with other ingredients to treat the dog bites.
- The plants help to treat the diseases such as anemia.
- The protein found in this plant helps to eliminate free radicals which lead to the diseases such as high cholesterol, hypertension, blood vessels narrowing, premature aging etc.
How to Eat
- Melinjo is generally used in Malay and Indonesian cuisines.
- The young inflorescences, leaves and ripe fruits are cooked as vegetables.
- In Malaysia, young shoots and leaves are widely used with sea food such as prawns and fish in the coconut milk or also used in the spicy soups.
- Seeds are eaten boiled, raw, roasted and processed into crackers or flat cakes.
- In Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia, the sun dried cakes are used to prepare emping.
- Emping is consumed with gado-gado, rice or as a snack with coffee or tea.
- Melinjau is a vital ingredient for Sayur Asem which consists of peanuts, melinjau, jackfruit, chayote, carambola fruit, tamarind and long bean.
- In Vanuatu, male inflorescence and leaves are boiled which is flavored with coconut cream.
- In Fiji, the young leaves are cooked with coconut milk.
- In Philippines, the fruits are a great substitute for coffee.
- In Papua New Guinea, young cones and leaves are cooked with meat and sauce which is made from the red pulp of Pandanus conoideus.
- The leaves are used to wrap the food.
- The seed has a fleshy coating which is fried and produces a chewy snack.
- Its female strobilus, young leaves and male strobili are used as an ingredient in the traditional vegetable curry which is called kuah pliek.
- In Pidie, keureupuk muling is made from the ripe fruit.
- Leaves, seeds and flowers are used as a vital ingredient in dishes.
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