Mahogany Tree Fruit or Sky Fruit as it isometmes known, is collected from Swietenia macrophylla, commonly known as mahogany, Honduran mahogany, Honduras mahogany, or big-leaf mahogany.
It is a species of plant in the Meliaceae family. It is one of three species that yields genuine mahogany timber (Swietenia), the others being Swietenia mahagoni and Swietenia humilis. It is a native to South America, Mexico and Central America, but naturalised in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Hawaii.
The fruits are called “sky fruits” because of its upwards growth towards the sky. The fruits of mahogany can be measure to 40 cm in length, in a light grey to brown capsule. Each fruit capsule could contain 71 winged seeds.
Traditional Uses for Mahogany Tree Fruit:-
There are traditional claims in Asia where it is mostly used of its ability to improve blood circulation, control blood sugar levels and reduce high blood pressure and improve minor skin alilments and the condition of the skin in general. It is cosidered to be antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant , antimutagenic, and to have antidiabetic attributes
Based on acute oral toxicity studies of Swietenia Macrophylla seeds, the consumption of Swietenia Macrophylla by humans is safe if the dose is less than 325 mg/kg body weight. The usual dose of Swietenia Macrophylla prescribed in Malaysian folk-lore medicine is one seed per day.