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Tamarind (Tamarindus Indica)
An evergreen tree native to India that producesa brown pod resembling a dried lima bean these grow up to 6 ins/15 cm in length, and as they ripen, the fruit they contain turns pasty.
This pulp is sold in block form or in jars ready to use. It gives a delicious sour taste to soups and sauces, and is much used in Persian cooking. Try to find it in de-seeded form, as it's much more user friendly. It is most familiar to us as an ingredient of bottled brown sauces H.P etc. For recipe for Tamarind water, see Gourmet Britain Recipe section