GASTRONOMIC USE The fruit is edible. The meat is MEDICINAL USE All parts of the plant contain ethyl gallate, a substance that possesses strong antibiotic activity against the Mycobacterium bacteria. sweet and juicy, yellow. It contains numerous seeds. The most popular way to use The leaves, bark and root are astringent and diuretic. strawberry tree is to prepare jams and aromatic fruit liqueurs. They are also a renal antiseptic and so are of use in the treatment of affections of the urinary system such as cystitis and urethritis.