Mobola plum is a neat, compact shade tree and a good tree to grow in orchards or home gardens. The tree is pollinated by bees, produces abundant pollen and nectar and is therefore desired by honey farmers.
A leaf decoction is either drunk or used in a bath as a fever remedy. Crushed or pulped leaves are used in a dressing for fractures or dislocations, and for wounds, sores and cuts.
The brown pulp of the fruit is pleasantly sweet, particularly if the fruits are picked and stored until they are thoroughly ripe. The fruits are eaten fresh but are sweeter when sun-dried for 3-4 days. The pulp is served as a sauce on porridge, or thickened with meal/ flour and cooked to make gruel. The juice ferments well and is often used to make alcoholic drinks. The fruit also makes good jams and preserves and is used as the basis of non-alcoholic beverages. It can be dried and used as a reserve food.
The seeds may be eaten raw or are often roasted. They make an excellent substitute for almonds.
The kernel oil is edible (cooking). It can also be employed in the cosmetics industries for soaps, in products for body care, emollient creams for dry, damaged, tired or aged skin and hair. It is used in nourishing lip balms and hair care products such as dry hair shampoos, capillary masks and hair conditioning oil. In addition, the oil is an ingredient in the manufacturing of paints, varnishes, and printing and engraving inks.
The high content of cellulose limits the use of the oil cake, but it can be used as manure.