Introduced to the Top End hundreds of years ago, it grows to 25 metres with feather-like leaves. Elongated brown pods hang from the tree from June to October. Inside the pods there’s a rusty coloured flesh with shiny brown seeds.
The flesh, rich in phosphorous and calcium, is tart and can be soaked in water to make a refreshing drink. Too much and it has a laxative effect. Young plants, leaves and flowers can be cooked and eaten.