It can be described as a brown resin like seed, which is mostly white. The seeds are mostly bitter which its distinctive character sticks is. They are mostly astringent and some what sour. They are also used to make sweet dishes and pickles They give a green color to the saliva when eaten and have an astringent, sourish taste. They are known for their medicinal properties and help in dealing with stomach infections and enhance the luster of the hair when consumed in any form.