|TAMARINDUS INDICA - Tamarind |
A large, storm, drought-resistant tree, native to Africa and South Asia. A Moderate growing legume popular in many tropical and subtropical areas as an ornamental and as a fruit producer. The fruit is a velvety, brownish red pod (2-8") with a brittle shell covering a thick, deep-brown sticky pulp with a few seeds embedded. It has a high sugar and acid content. The pulp is used to make a drink, is eaten fresh and is an ingredient of Worcestershire sauce. Flowers are edible; the seeds are generally boiled or fried. Propagated by seed, airlayer or grafting.