Grown commercially in many countries for its fruits (high in vitamins A & C ), which are made into juice and mixed with other (sweeter) juices and sold commercially.
Plants make a large shrub or small tree, growing 6m (20 ft) high or more; nitrogen-fixing. Produces abundant fruits which are edible (cooked and sweetened). Used as a sand dune stabiliser; also a bee plant. Likes a well drained, sunny site and grows in any soil. Dioecious, so both sexes are needed for fruit. Growth 3.5m (12 ft) in 10 years; hardy to -35°C.