Tamarind

Tamarind
(Tamarindus indica)

Tamarind

Selection

Choose pods that are full and heavy to indicate high pulp content. Tamarind is best when there is more pulp than seeds and fibers.

Storage

Keep in a clean covered container and in cool storage.

Preparation

  • Wipe the pod with a damp clean cloth without breaking the shell into pieces.
  • Remove the outer shell and form the flesh or pulp into a ball without the seeds if desired.
  • Knead the ball in water to extract the liquid.
  • Can be eaten fresh as a snack or stewed with sugar.
  • Pulp or liquid can be used in cooking for flavoring or to season curries, meat, fish or rice dishes.
  • (Malolo et al., 2001; Stanton, 1986)

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Tamarind

Tamarind is a very sweet and acidic fruit that grows in pods with several large seeds surrounded by pulp and protected by a brown shell (Malolo et al., 2001).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – kålamendo; kåmalendo
  • Hawaiian – wī