Tamarind is a hardwood tree known scientifically as Tamarindus Indica.
Tamarind is a type of tropical fruit. It’s used in many dishes around the world, and may even have medicinal properties. The tree produces bean-like pods filled with seeds surrounded by a fibrous pulp. The pulp of the young fruit is green and sour. As it ripens, the juicy pulp becomes paste-like and more sweet-sour. Interestingly, tamarind is sometimes referred to as the “Date of India.”
Tamarind pulp is widely used for cooking in South and Southeast Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and the Caribbean. The seeds and leaves are also edible. It is used in sauces, marinades, chutneys, drinks and desserts. It’s also one of the ingredients of Worcestershire sauce.
- Tamarind has played an important role in traditional medicine.
- In beverage form, it was commonly used to treat diarrhoea, constipation, fever and peptic ulcers. The bark and leaves were also used to promote wound healing.
- Modern researchers are now studying this plant for potential medicinal uses.
- The polyphenols in tamarind have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These can protect against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Tamarind pulp can also be used as a metal polish. It contains tartaric acid, which helps remove tarnish from copper and bronze.
Consumption of Tamarind
This fruit has many uses. It is used for cooking, health and household purposes in India as well as many foreign countries. Many people make juice from the Tamarind which is more useful in Ramadan period. Consumption of Tamarind in liquid form or pods are more beneficial in summer days to keep the body cool. It is also available in candy form which can be consumed directly. The seeds and leaves are also edible. It is used in sauces, marinades, chutneys, drinks and desserts.
Different Forms of Tamarind Products Available for Export and Bulk Order
Tamarind is available in prepared forms, such as candy and sweetened syrup. You can also find the pure fruit in three main forms: