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Indian date, Tamarindo, Tamarinds

Leguminosae Tamarindus indica L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The tree is slow growing, but becomes large. It is believed native to Africa, but has been long grown in India and has spread to other tropical and sub-tropical regions. It has survived in Central and South Florida. The tree is a legume, with large pinnate leaves. The fruit is a pod, 3 to 8 inches long, an inch through, containing up to 6 or more seeds. The pulp is very acid, and is used in acid drinks, in preserves and in meat sauces. The shell or skin is thin and brittle, and readily removed from the edible pulp. Tamarind is of minor importance in the U.S.

Last update February 19, 1999 by ch