Tamarindus indica

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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 merges well 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 metres. 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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Specifications of Tamarind

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) +10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

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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Tamarind Reviews & Tips

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★★★★ 1y ago


Fast growing. Will eventually throw shade and provide leaf litter.

Brenda Harrison
6y ago

Seaford , VIC


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.

Daryl O'brien
8y ago

Upper Brookfield, 4069, Australia


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?

★★★★★ 10y ago


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.  

★★★★ 10y ago

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Grat for cooking and when ripe yummy fruit...

11y ago

Eltham North, VIC, Australia

Died during cold winter weather

Gary Gough
15y ago

Charters Towers, QLD, Australia


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.

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