The tamarinds (also known as sour dates or Indian dates) are visually reminiscent of a large peanut. Unripe fruits are green and still relatively soft. When ripe, the approx. 20 cm large, thumb-thick seed pods are brownish and brittle. Up to twelve edible dark small seeds are embedded in it. It is related to legumes such as B. Peas and lentils.
Thailand, India, Central America.
Under the easily breakable shell is the sweet and sour tasting fruit pulp.
The pulp of the tamarind can be used in many ways, e.g. B. to flavor drinks, in chutneys, sauces, or desserts. To prepare, break open the pods and remove the fruit pulp from the small branches. The kernels can be eaten either roasted or boiled.
Well packaged, tamarinds can be stored at room temperature for at least a week. At 10° C even several weeks.