Tamarind is a fruit that is long pod-shaped, inside which there is a soft pulp with seeds. These pulps happen to be sour in taste and is mostly used as a souring agent. It is very similar to dates in appearance but is not likely to taste the same, rather it is sour, hence it is called the Indian date. Irrespective of this, there is a kind of tamarind that is sweeter than the most, and they are commonly known as ‘Makham waan’, and Manila sweet. It is widely found in the tropics and is native to eastern Africa and Asia. it is available all throughout the season, but its peak season happens to be from early spring to late fall.
Choose curved brown whole dried pod. Avoid if its is broken.
Over eating of tamarind may lead to a number of health problems such as jaundice, acute fever, abdominal cramping, nausea, digestive issues and liver problems.(2)
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