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Origins and characteristics of the tamarind tree

The tamarind tree is a fruit tree of the Fabaceae family, native to East Africa. It is found especially in the driest tropical regions. This tree with a fairly short trunk can reach twenty meters high, although it has a rather slow growth. The tamarind has a persistent foliage which is covered with small yellow flowers with a reddish tendency, falling in clusters.

Tamarind fruit and culinary uses of tamarind

This tree is mainly cultivated for its fruit, the tamarind, a large brown pod of about 15 centimeters, whose pulp is edible. Mixed with sugar, it is used in South American and Caribbean drinks, and it also serves as a spice.

Cultivation and planting of tamarind

The tamarind tree does not withstand extreme cold, it does not really appreciate temperatures going below 0 ° C. If it tolerates occasional droughts, it will lose a good part of its foliage. The tamarind tree can live for centuries, and it is often planted in parks because of its beautiful aesthetics. This exotic tree can also be cultivated in the form of bonsai. It tolerates poor soils pretty well, and can be planted at any time of the year, except during major frost periods.