Tamarind - plant profile
Tamarind is the sour fruit pod of a tall, semi-evergreen tree which grows widely in the tropics and particularly in India. Tamarind trees reach a height of 30 m and are topped with a crown of feathery foliage. Their grey bark clad trunks can grow up to 2 m in diameter.
|Tamarind plant with leaves, flowers and fruit, 1867.|
Leaves - long and feathery. Each leaf is equally divided into many smaller, finely-cut leaflets.
Flowers - yellow and streaked with pink. They are shaped like small sweet peas and smell sweet. They dangle in small clusters from the ends of leafy twigs during March to May in India.
food used to provide a sour flavouring for drinks, sauces, curries, preserves and chutney. In India the pods are ripe for harvesting from April to June.