In Tanzania, Allanblackia oil also has a long history of (limited) local use. During the First World War, it was used as substitute for cocoa butter in the manufacture of chocolate. In the 1970s and 1980s, small but significant quantities were harvested mostly in the East Usambara Mountains and exported to Europe.

The traditional use of Allanblackia seed oil has decreased in most parts of Africa over the last decades, in favor of other, mostly liquid oils and industrial soaps.

With its oil potential forgotten or ignored, local communities have mostly used Allanblackia for timber in recent decades, which is a major cause of the significant reduction in the number of trees.