What is Tamarind?
Tamarind is a pod that grows on tamarind trees. The pod is large, brown and long, a lot like a bean pod. In fact the tamarind tree is a leguminous tree. Inside the pods are an edible pulp. This pulp is mashed into a paste and has a dark brown-red color. It is thick and sticky. The sour and sweet flavor of tamarind is intensely strong and often an acquired taste. It is used in sauces, soups, curries and many other dishes.