Tamarind

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Tamarind is a leguminous tree bearing edible fruit that is indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is monotypic, meaning that it contains only this species. The tamarind tree produces pod-like fruit that contains a brown, edible pulp used in cuisines around the world.

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The tamarind, a slow-growing, long-lived, massive tree reaches, under favorable conditions, a height of 80 or even 100 ft (24-30 m), and may attain a spread of 40 ft (12 m) and a trunk circumference of 25 ft (7.5 m). It is highly wind-resistant, with strong, supple branches, gracefully drooping at the ends, and has dark-gray, rough, fissured bark. The mass of bright-green, fine, feathery foliage is composed of pinnate leaves, 3 to 6 in (7.5-15 cm) in length, each having 10 to 20 pairs of oblong leaflets 1/2 to 1 in (1.25-2.5 cm) long and 1/5 to 1/4 in (5-6 mm) wide, which fold at night. The leaves are normally evergreen but maybe shed briefly in very dry areas during the hot season. Inconspicuous, inch-wide flowers, borne in small racemes, are 5-petalled (2 reduced to bristles), yellow with orange or red streaks. The flower buds are distinctly pink due to the outer color of the 4 sepals which are shed when the flower opens.


The fruits, flattish, beanlike, irregularly curved and bulged pods, are borne in great abundance along the new branches and usually vary from 2 to 7 in long and from 3/4 to 1 1/4 in (2-3.2 cm) in diameter. Exceptionally large tamarinds have been found on individual trees. The pods may be cinnamon-brown or grayish-brown externally and, at first, are tender-skinned with green, highly acid flesh and soft, whitish, under-developed seeds. As they mature, the pods fill out somewhat and the juicy, acidulous pulp turns brown or reddish-brown. Thereafter, the skin becomes a brittle, easily-cracked shell and the pulp dehydrates naturally to a sticky paste enclosed by a few coarse strands of fiber extending lengthwise from the stalk. The 1 to 12 fully formed seeds are hard, glossy-brown, squarish in form, 1/8 to 1/2 in (1.1-1.25 cm) in diameter, and each is enclosed in a parchmentlike membrane.


Scientific Name        : Tamarindus indica

Family                    : Fabaceae

Kingdom                 : Plantae

Rank                       : Species

Subfamily                : Detarioideae

The tamarind is a long-lived, medium-growth tree, which attains a maximum crown height of 12 to 18 meters (39 to 59 ft). 

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It’s good for digestion

Tamarind is good for your digestive system due to two main reasons. For starters, it is a good laxative, which means that it stimulates the bowel movements and excretion. Secondly, it also has high dietary fiber content, which helps bulk up the stool, making it easier for it to move around. As a result, your digestive system is kept clean. Moreover, with healthy and regular digestion, your stomach and other organs do not need to secrete a ton of acids and bile to break down the food. It protects the stomach lining and can prevent pain ulcers and inflammations from taking place.

It’s good for your heart

Tamarind is extremely good for the heart. This is because the dietary fiber present in the tamarind can help reduce the cholesterol in your body. It takes away all the excess LDL cholesterol that’s stuck in your veins and arteries and prevents your heart from getting overworked or developing chronic cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, tamarind contains vitamin C which is an excellent antioxidant. Free radicals are a natural by-product of cellular metabolism and are linked with heart disease.



It’s good for circulation

Tamarind is also very good at stimulating blood circulation. It is extremely rich in iron and having just one serving of tamarind can provide you with at least 10% of the recommended daily dosage needed. Iron is extremely good for your blood. It ensures that you have enough red blood cells in your body, which helps all your organs and muscles function well. Having enough iron in your system can help you fight against anemia and all the symptoms that come with it such as headaches, weakness, fatigue, cognitive disorders, and stomach issues.

It helps with nerve function

Another advantage of having tamarind is that it can help with your nerve function. This is because tamarind is extremely rich in vitamin B complex and contains a lot of thiamine. Thiamine is a vital nutrient for your body. It helps stimulate nerve function and can also improve your muscle development. It helps you to remain active, have strong reflexes, and have general strength for a long time.