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TAMARIND

Tamarind fleshBotanical Name: Tamarindus indica
Description

Of all the fruit trees in the tropics the Tamarind fruit tree is the most widely distributed and appreciated as an ornamental. The sour and fruity taste of merges weell with the heat of chillies. It gives many South Indian dishes their hot and sour character and their dark colour. In India the tamarind is mostly combined with meat or legumes eg. lentils, chickpeas or beans. The pulp is sold dry and must be soaked before usage. Only the water is then added to the food. Alternatively tamarind extract may be used with the same effect. The tamarind is a slow growing but long lived tree reaching up to 30 meters. It is highly wind resistant with strong graceful branches with rough fissured bark. The fruits look like beans and are borne in great abundance along the new branches. They range from 5-20cm in length and can be from 2-3cm in diameter.

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Asian Favourite (#AsianFavourite)

Preferred Climate

Tropical, Subtropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

+10m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

5+ Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

January, February, March, April, October, November, December

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When we were kids we would make a tamarind drink. Make it like a cup of tea, sweetened to tast, refrigerate. Better than cordial. Now living in NSW, I miss Mums beautiful big Tamarind tree. | Gary Gough - Charters Towers, QLD 16-Aug-2006

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I am in north thailand and enjoying a sweet tamarind in season; but one is sweeter than the other; 2 varieties it seems. do you have the sweet one or sour one? | Daryl O'brien - Upper Brookfield, 4069 26-Jan-2013

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As a kid in Mackay there used to be a tamarind tree outside the Slade Point post office. I think it was a life saver as there wasn't much decent food in our house at the time.I feasted on the tamarinds and also eat the leaves.Wonderful nutrition. | Brenda Harrison - Seaford , VIC 06-Jan-2016
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Tamarind

PaulWarnersBay1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2961 days 9hrs

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The tamarind are VERY sensitive to even a couple of days without water. So in Warners Bay over Summer, with a few hot days, they just lost their leaves. I did plant one in full sun, and the otehr in partial shade... they reveive well with regular watering, but eventually they died.

Pollination: No


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Tamarind (Seedling) 1/10

Christine1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2576 days 7hrs

Comments: -

Died during cold winter weather

Planted: 2009

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No


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Voidgenesis's Edible Fruits
Update: 1497 days 23hrs

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Slow growing (1 m after 5 years ) in a dry spot, healthy but no fruit yet

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Mark1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2961 days 2hrs

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Going well. Very happy tree.

Planted: 2008

Height 1.5 metres

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

None

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarind (Seedling)

Jenny's Edible Fruits
Update: 1931 days 6hrs

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another ebay purchase, seems a very sulky little seedling.

supposed to be a sweet one but who knows?

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Tamarind (Seedling) 8/10

Babaghanush's Edible Fruits
Update: 2366 days 24hrs

Comments: -

Grat for cooking and when ripe yummy fruit...

Planted: 2011

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Compost, Bloood

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Tamarind 10/10

PhilippafromDerbyWA1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2183 days 5hrs

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Have since found out that a species of Tamarind is native to this area and this one came all the way from Kyogle. Needless to say I am very happy with my tree and it loves it here. It has taken off and has grown 1m since it was planted last year. 

 

Planted: 2010

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Kathy2's Edible Fruits
Update: 1987 days 4hrs

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Summer 2012: These have been grown from seeds collected by a friend. ALL of the seeds were viable so I am hoping that is a good sign. The fruit was yummers so I am hoping at least one will be true to type.


Planted: 2012

Qty: 6


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Tamarind (Seedling)

Casper's Edible Fruits
Update: 1559 days 22hrs

Comments: - I grew this from seed (purchased from the US). The seedlings are healthy - am curious to see whether it will fruit and if so, when.

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Voidgenesis's Edible Fruits
Update: 1497 days 23hrs

Comments: - Growing slowly in a dry spot (~1m in 5 years), no fruit yet

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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