Tamarind, 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 Spanish the term is tamarindo.
Whole tamarind pods are used for it's tangy, sour flavor in Mexico's Agua de Tamarindo and it's also used to flavor soups and stews. Additionally it is used in Asian and Indian cuisine. Available in whole pods or tamarind paste. (Nutrition information is for raw tamarind pulp)
Tamarind is also commonly sold in blocks or jars which are simply peeled pods and pulp, compressed.
Pork Ribs With Tamarind Barbecue Sauce - Pork ribs are grilled with a tangy sauce made with tamarind, onion, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and cider vinegar.
Agua de Tamarindo - A non-alcoholic drink from Mexico made tamarind pods. Recipe from Rick Bayless "Authentic Mexican".
Tamarind Margarita - This tart, refreshing drink is a good prelude to a spicy Mexican or Indian meal.
Tamarind Syrup - Use this syrup over poached fruit