Mention has been found in writings dating back to 800 B. It is cultivated throughout India, mainly in temple gardens, because of its status as a sacred tree; also in and northern Malaya, the drier areas of Java, and to a limited extent on northern Luzon in the Philippine Islands where it first fruited in 1914.
It is grown in some Egyptian gardens, and in Surinam and Trinidad.
From these a main stem should be selected and staked to grow to the top of the arbor or trellis, usually 6-7’ high.
Bael fruits may be cut in half, or the soft types broken open, and the pulp, dressed with palm sugar, eaten for breakfast, as is a common practice in Indonesia.The tree has no exacting cultural requirements, doing well with a minimum of fertilizer and irrigation.The spacing in orchards is 25 to 30 ft (6-9 m) between trees.The young leaves and shoots are eaten as a vegetable in Thailand and used to season food in Indonesia. It forms spirals of hairy leaves, dark green above and pale green below, with pronounced midribs and tubular inflorescences of tiny white flowers, followed by edible, orange-red, sweet tasting berries ( but sour before they ripen, like a persimmon ).
Aside from the ornamental potential, Titberry has a variety of medicinal properties.
The fragrant but inconspicuous white flowers appear in early spring.