Tamarind is a type of tropical fruit used in many dishes worldwide. It is fruit, and its seeds are great for health. Therefore, it is a staple in many households. It is a hardwood tree known scientifically as Tamarindus indicus. The tree is native to Asia and Africa and primarily grows in tropical climates. The tree produces pods of fruit that taste sweet and sour. It has a date-like texture.
India and Thailand are its highest producers. However, it is a staple ingredient in Asian cuisines apart from African and Middle Eastern recipes. Tamarinds are known as leguminous trees as their fruit is a bean-like pod and is also known as ‘the date of India’. You may extract the fruit from fresh pods. Then, people use it to make its paste or concentrate.