Tamarind refers to the pod of the tree Tamarindus indica, the pulp of which is sweet and sour in taste and used in preparing food and drinks. Personal Note: In the Philippines, it is candied or the pulp is made into sweets.
In Kerala, south of India, it is the main ingredient of one of their traditional foods called Rasam. In Thailand, they are made into candies with various flavors, from sweet, to salty to spicy. Bangkok is famous for this candied tamarind for bringing home after a vacation in this lovely city. Tamarind is from Latin word tamarindus, from Arabic tamr (date) + hindi (Indian) due to the date-like consistency of its pulp.
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