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Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

St John Flora: Tamarind

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)
Tamarind Tree

Tamarind, Tamarindus indica, trees can usually be found along roadsides in dry forest areas. These large trees produce a tart, yet pleasant tasting, fruit that is about three inches long and looks like a brown seed pod.

They can be eaten raw or made into drinks or preserves; tamarind drink being a local favorite. Tamarinds are often used in Indian cooking and are an important ingredient in the popular Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce.