The large trees of the genus Shorea are an important forest resource to indigenous people in Borneo. There are many types of "Illipe" nuts, which are valued for their edible oil content and, in the past, used to be important sources of oil in the diet of the native people. They were also exported for use in chocolate and cosmetics. The nut of Shorea seminis is about the size of a finger and is the favored species by the natives for extracting an oil for culinary use that is solid at room temperature. The oil is extracted by a cold press and formed into cylindrical sticks. When required , the stick is rubbed into the hot cooking pan or directly rubbed onto hot rice for flavoring. Shorea seminis nuts can also be eaten raw or blanched and used in salads for instance. Shorea trees also yield valuable timber and many are still cut down for this purpose.