The tree is cultivated for the seed fibre, particularly in south-east Asia, and is also known as the Java cotton or Java kapok because the fruit give a kind of cotton and it is a very common tree in java island. In Vietnam, we also extra the sap of the tree and when is dry the gum can be drink with hot water as a tea. Alone or with other herbs.
Kapok gum health benefit: used as a diuretic, have aphrodisiac properties, controls bleeding, treat diarrhea upset stomach and headache.
Taste: sour – Nature: cool