Tamarind, What it is? Dr. Abhay Kumar Pati, An Ayurvedic Physician & Researcher
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HAYWARD, Calif. - Californer -- Tamarind, what it is?

Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, D.Sc. An Ayurvedic Physician, Author and Researcher
California, USA

The tamarind tree is native to Asia and Africa, but it also grows in tropical climates around the world. It produces pods of fruit that taste sweet and sour when ripe and even more sour when unripe or dried.

India and Thailand produce the most tamarind, and it holds a prominent place in their cooking. But it's a staple ingredient in other Asian cuisines, too. You'll also find it in African and Middle Eastern cooking.

Tamarind trees grow in the Western Hemisphere, as well, with Mexico being the biggest producer. Tamarind candies and tamarind water, are popular in Mexico, Central America

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Taste of Tamarind fruit

To approximate the sweetness and tang tamarind brings to recipes, cooks sometimes substitute equal parts brown sugar and lime or lemon juice. But there's more to its flavor: Notes of caramel and molasses give tamarind more complexity, and its acidity is somewhat milder than that of lemon and lime and lacks the hints of bitterness found in citrus.


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