|Scientific name||Tamarindus indica L.|
|Storage conditions||7-10 °C|
|Shelf life||5-7 days|
|Availability||All year round|
Each pod of tamarind has a hard outer shell that encases a deep-brown soft pulp. In the middle of the pulp is a row of inedible black seeds. The flesh is juicy, sweet and tangy in flavor with a unique exotic fragrant. Tamarind is a rich source of dietary-fibres which helps to bind toxins in digested food, improve bowel movement and prevent constipation. It boasts high level of minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin-A, Vitamin-C, thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin and niacin which are all vital for optimal enzymatic functions in the human body. This fruit is also a good source of tartaric acid, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the human body from harmful free radicals. Tamarind is best enjoyed fresh from the pods, or alternatively, if the flesh is too acidic for your taste, it can be made into a sauce as a premium substitute for lime juice in Asian cooking.