Dacryodes edulis is an evergreen tree.The flowers are yellow and about 5 mm across. They are arranged in a large inflorescence. The fruit is an ellipsoidal drupe which varies in length from 4 to 12 cm. The skin of the fruit is dark blue or violet, whereas the flesh is pale to light green.
Cooked flesh of the fruit has a texture similar to butter.
Seedlings can thrive in quite dense shade, but older trees grow well in partial shade or full sun.