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What is Tamarind puree?

The Tamarind is the scientific name for a hardwood tree called Tamarindus indica. Tamarind puree is originally from Africa, but it’s also found in India, Pakistan, and other tropical countries. Bean-like pods with seeds are produced by the tree, which is surrounded by a fibrous pulp. The immature fruit’s pulp is green and sour. The delicious pulp turns paste-like and sweeter-sour as it ripens.

Where tamarind puree is found?

Tamarindus indica, a tropical African evergreen tea of the pea family (Fabaceae).

Nutritional information about tamarind puree:

  • Magnesium: 28% of RDI
  • Potassium: 22% of RDI
  • Iron: 19% of RDI
  • Calcium: 9% of RDI
  • Phosphorus: 14% of RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 34% of RDI
  • And Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 11% of RDI
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 12% of RDI

What are its benefits?

  • Its Antioxidants
  • May boost heart health
  • High in beneficial magnesium
  • Anti-fungal, Antiviral and Anti-bacterial effects
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Can protect against cancer, diabetes
  • Help lower blood pressure
  • Reverse fatty liver disease
  • May lose body weight

How to grow tamarind puree ?

  • To speed up germination, soak tamarind puree seeds in warm water overnight.
  • In an excellent quality seed starting mix, sow seeds 1/2 inch deep.
  • Within one or two weeks of seeding, the seeds germinate.
  • Plants produced from seeds are not ready to harvest until 6–7 years after germination.
  • If you want speedy results, grow tamarind from cuttings or buy a plant from a nursery.

How to include it in your diet?

  • Add a sour flavour to savoury meals using this fruit.
  • You can use the frozen, unsweetened pulp in this dish.
  • Chutney
  • Vegetable curry
  • Perfect meat tenderizer
  • This is a common ingredient in Indian curries and spicy foods.

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