Refreshing Tamarind Juice Recipe
Tamarind juice is a refreshing and invigorating sweet and sour juice made from the fruits of the tamarind tree. The name tamarind comes from Arabic word “Tomur Hindi” which means Indian dates. The tamarind fruit is fleshy and sweet similar to dates, but sour and more acidic than dates. The tamarind tree is native to tropical Africa where it grows wild in the Sudan, South Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria and Tanzania. Arab traders introduced it to Asia, and now India is the mass cultivator and exporter of tamarinds. Source: Wikipedia Tamarind page. Sudanese and South Sudanese make tamarind juice, whereas Indians apply tamarind to jams, chutneys, and to flavor plenty of curry dishes.
The tamarind tree gives pod-like fruits. The pods are encased in a hard shell. Peel the shell to reveal the tamarind pulp that, when dissolved in water, makes tamarind juice. Tamarind pulp has a sweet and sour taste. It is high in tartaric acid, sugar, B vitamins and Calcium. Tamarind has laxative properties and is a natural remedy to relieve constipation. It is useful as a meat tenderizer, for example, it is an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce used to flavor meats in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada.