Tamarind

  • Scientific name: Tamarindus indica (Indian date, tamar-i-Hind in Persian)
  • Place of origin: Tropical Africa, India.

 

  • Description: Beautiful evergreen tree growing to more that 30 m tall with massive girth, ferny frond-like leaves and  inconspicuous flowers, appearing in April-June while the fruit pods ripen in November- December.  With a lifespan of more than 200 years, tamarind trees were planted alongside roads in ancient times, providing shade and nourishment to many a weary traveler.
     
  • Grow best: In bright sunlight, any soil. Dry conditions required for fruit development.
     
  • Use: As road-side avenues, valuable timber. Fruit is dried and the pulp extract is an indispensable condiment in Indian cooking.
     

 

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