|Limonia acidissima is a small, deciduous tree up to 12 m tall, with numerous, slender branches armed with sharp, straight spines to 4 cm long. Leaves up to 12 cm long, imparipinnate with narrowly winged rachis and petiole; leaflets opposite in 2-3 pairs and a terminal one, obovate, up to 4 cm long, dotted with oil glands and faintly aromatic when crushed. Fruit a hard-shelled, globose berry, up to 10 cm diameter, with whitish scurfy surface and filled with a pinkish, aromatic pulp containing numerous, slimy seeds.|
Wood apple, like the bael and species of Feroniella Swingle, thrives in a monsoon or seasonally dry tropical climate. It grows to an elevation of 450 m in the western Himalaya where it is native. In Malaysia and Indonesia, trees are predominantly cultivated in the coastal regions. It is drought-tolerant and best adapted to light soils
|Food : Wood apple fruit can be eaten plain or mixed into a variety of beverages and desserts or preserved as jam.|
Timber is employed in the construction of houses, posts, and agricultural tools. Gum collected from the bark is said to have medicinal value and is used as a substitute for gum arabic.