Due to popular demand
The tamarind tree originated in tropical Africa—particularly Sudan—and produces pod-like fruit used in cuisine around the world. Its cultivation has expanded to other tropical and subtropical regions such as South Asia and Mexico. In North America, tamarind is grown in the southern states, particularly southern Florida.
Tamarind fruit grows in a pod measuring 12 to 15 cm (3 to 6 inches) in length and is covered by a hard shell. The fruit itself possesses a fleshy, acidulous, sweet and sour pulp that is generally brown or reddish-brown.
A fruit of many uses
The ripened fruit is used in jams, ice creams, sorbets and blended into juices. Unripened tamarind is often considered too sour for culinary use.
Tamarind is used as in ingredient in Worcestershire sauce and HP sauce.
In traditional medicine throughout Southeast Asia, tamarind is applied to the forehead to aid those suffering from fevers.
A new way to polish
Tamarind is edible, and considered healthy, but when it’s concentrated it can be used to polish brass and metal. In temples in Buddhist Asian countries, tamarind pulp is used as a method to polish brass shrine statues. V