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.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Asian Favourite (#AsianFavourite)
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)
Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Customer Comments on Tamarind
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
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
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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