Tamarind is a unique fruit with distinctive sweet and sour taste. Tamarind is used in wide range of dishes to enhance its taste and flavor. Tamarind fruit is grown in trees, which grows around fifty to eighty feet from the ground level depending on the soil fertility and climatic conditions. Tamarind belongs to the family of Fabaceae and its scientific name is Tamarindus indica. Tamarind is one of the popular trees and you can find it easily in around Tamilnadu. Ripe tamarind is the brownish black color with a hard shell protecting the tamarind fruit. The fruit is about 15 centimeters long and has about 8 to 12 seeds in each pod. The tamarind fruit is juicy and acidic and has a sweet tangy flavor. A single full grown tamarind tree can produce 150 to 180 kilograms of tamarind fruit per year.   

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