Information about Tamarind
Ingredient - Cambodia
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is a fruit . It grows on the tamarind tree which belongs to the family Fabaceae
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
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.
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.
can find recipes using this ingredient on the main Cambodian Cooking by Country Page.