Tamaraind is a tropical tree, native to eastern Africa, including parts of the Madagascar. Tamarind was introduced into most of tropical Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The fruit is a brown pod-like legume, which contains a soft pulp and many hard-coated seeds. In Asia and Latin America, tamarind can be used in cooking, turned into beverage, or can be eaten as a snack or dessert. Did you know that tamarind is an important ingredient in Worcestershire sauce?
|This is a box of tamarind available in some grocery or supermarkets, Asian stores, and some Central American stores. FYI: I bought this at Whole Foods Market in Houston Street, NYC.|
Tamarind also comes in paste form which can be bought to use as condiment in soups, and dishes. Some top chefs add them in their continental dishes to enhance the flavor of the dish.
If you would like to try eating them as a fruit, below is my video demonstrating how to eat them. I I like the taste particularly for their semi sweet and tart taste. These particular ones in my demonstration are sweet. It's like eating plums with a paste-like texture.
Please watch my video below:
There are benefits from eating tamarind. The pulp is rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine and riboflavin and a good source of niacin.
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