Ficus pseudopalma is native to the Philippines and is classified as a large shrub that grows 5 to 10 feet tall. It prefers full sun but will also grow in areas with semi-shade, and it needs regular to moderate water. Since it's not as cold-hardy as some other plants, it should be planted in a pot if it's grown in cold regions.
The Ficus pseudopalma produces a small, fig-like fruit that can be eaten either raw or cooked. In cooked dishes, the fruit has a taste similar to rhubarb but with a slightly sweeter and nuttier flavor. This fruit is rich in vitamins B, A and E as well as minerals such as iron and potassium, making it quite a healthy food for those who enjoy it. On average, a single bush can produce many fruits every year, depending on the climate and the care given to the plant.
Ficus pseudopalma is a versatile plant and offers numerous health benefits. The leaves are antiseptic and antispasmodic and can be made into a brew to soothe sore throats. Its fruit is rich in antioxidants, it can help with constipation and digestive problems, and an extract derived from the roots has been used to improve joint and muscle pain. Not only is this a beautiful and hardy plant, but it also has uses that stretch back to traditional medicine.