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Tamarind is a fruit . It grows on the tamarind tree which belongs to the family Fabaceae Originating in Africa, it  is now also grown in India and the Caribbean amongst other places and is a popular ingredient in Asian, Latin American and Caribbean cuisines.


The tamarind tree can grow to 30m high in Africa, although its height is around 15m in most cases. This evergreen tree has whitish flowers which blossom between April and August with the fruit ripening in February. The leaves can also be eaten in salads.


It can be eaten fresh,  but is also often sold in blocks or as a juice or paste for use is cooking, the latter being a more concentrated form of the juice. The sour fruit pulp contains tartaric acid  and its flavour  goes well with meat and vegetable dishes. It is widely used in Asian dishes such as  curries and chutneys but  it is also an ingredient  in the English Worcestershire Sauce and confectionery can also be made by mixing the pulp with sugar and molding it into desired shapes.



You can find  recipes using this  ingredient on the main Cambodian Cooking by Country Page.


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