|PITHECELLOBIUM DULCE - Manila Tamarind |
A very spiny tropical tree, native to Mexico and Central America that is used as an ornamental, shade tree or hedge. Fruit is a long, red, spiraling pod with sweet, white, spongy pulp containing flat, black seeds. The whole pod is eaten boiled. Pulp is used raw or in drinks. Wood is used for lumber and bark produces a dye, adhesive gum and tannin. Propagated by seed, cuttings and air-layer.