Tamarind (tamarindo)

[TAM-uh-rihnd] Also known as Indian date , the tamarind is the fruit of a tall shade tree native to Asia and northern Africa and widely grown in India.


In Mexico tamarind is used to flavor beverages as well as soups and stews.

Article by: Barbara Bowman

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Tamarind pods can be purchased in most Mexican grocery stores, Asian and Indian markets as well as health food stores. (see where to buy, below) If the pod is fresh the bark shell will separate if you bend the pod in half. Older pods can be soaked hit hot water before peeling.  It is best to purchase only the amount you.  Unused pods can be stored in cool area in a plastic zip style bag.
Other Forms Of Tamarind
Tamarind is also commonly sold in blocks or jars which are simply peeled pods and pulp, compressed.
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Tamarind Recipes

Where To Buy - we carry both whole pods and pulp (paste)

Tamarind Nutrition

Tamarind Pod, 1
Total fat (g)0.012
Saturated fat (g)0
Monounsaturated fat (g)0
Polyunsaturated fat (g)0
Dietary fiber (g)0
Protein (g)0.056
Carbohydrate (g)1.250
Cholesterol (mg)0
Potassium (mg)12.560
Vitamin C (mg)0.070
 Vitamin A (IU)