This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
An Australian paper says: "The Chinese Tallow tree, Stillingia (Exeacaria) sebifera, and several other plants of Southern Europe and the Levant, are succeed-ing well and require very little attention. The Chinese Tallow tree belongs to the order Eu-phorbiacese or Spurgewort family. Like the ordinary Euphorbias, its fruit contains three seeds, but they are embedded in a fatty substance, which is literally vegetable tallow. Mr. Robert Fortune, in his interesting work, Tea Countries of China, gives an exhaustive account of the Chinese method of extracting the tallow from this tree. It appears that they separate it from the seeds by bruising and steaming the fruit, and use it for making candles. The seeds, too, when separated from the tallow, yield a valuable oil by expression. The wood of the tree is employed in the manufacture of printing blocks, whilst from the leaves is extracted a valuable dye." This tree has long been under culture in the Southern United States, and is one of the leading shade-trees on the streets of New Orleans. "We get tallow too easily to make it profitable to look to this tree for a supply, but it is well to know what other nations are doing.