Tamarind derives its name from the Arabic phrase “Tamar Hindi”, which translates to Indian dates. However, Tamarinds are believed to have originated in tropical Africa. The pods of the tamarind tree contain tamarind pulp that is widely used in tropical cuisines around the world. This pulp is high in malic acid, tartaric acid, and potassium bitartrate, making it a great laxative too.
Tamarinds trees can grow up to 59 feet in height and can have a crown height of 12 to 18 meters! These huge trees with cooling foliage and tangy fruits can live up to 200 years.