Food for humans
The young pods are edible and occasionally eaten in Javanese vegetable salad with spicy peanut sauce, and spicy fish wrapped in papaya or taro leaves in Indonesia, and in papaya salad in Laos and Thailand, where they are known as phak krathin (Thai: ผักกระถิน). . In Mexico it is eaten in soups and also inside tacos, it is known as Guaje. In fact the state of Oaxaca has its name because of this tree.
This species has been nominated as among 100 of the ”World's Worst Invaders”