Natural tamarind is a fruit pod produced by a tall semi-evergreen tropical tree, having its origin in Eastern Africa and now extensively found in India. Tamarind powder is generally used in India as a paste or pulp in addition to it being the main constituent in our daily food preparations. India holds the credit of chief producer of this crop.
The extremely sour fruit is available in whole pods, compressed blocks, paste or concentrate. It is used as a base for spicy and sometimes sweet sauces. It is often the main ingredient in juices, soups, chutneys, and bean dishes.
- Family name: Caesalpiniaceae
- Botanical name: Tamarindus Indica
- Arabic name: Tamr Hindi
- Commercial part: Pod
- Producing Centers: Maharashtra, Karnataka, AndhraPradesh, and TamilNadu.
- Harvesting seasons: January To April.