Tamarind, also known as tamarindo, is the fruit of an African shade tree. The pods, which can grow 5-8 inches long, contain a sticky, sweet-sour pulp with a taste reminiscent of dates, apricots, prunes, and raisins. Tamarind is a main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce and in syrup form is used to flavor soft drinks. Also used as a great alternative to high fat creams and butter, tamarind sauce is naturally sweet with a succulent texture. Stored whole in a cool, dry place, this fruit will keep almost indefinitely. The pulp should be refrigerated.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup pulp, 120g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 287
  • Calories from fat: 6
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 34mg
  • Total Carbs: 75g
    • Fiber: 6.1g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Vitamin A: 1%
  • Vitamin C: 7%
  • Calcium: 9%
  • Iron: 19%


Handling & Storage


Available year round

Also Known As

  • Tamarindo
  • Indian date
  • Asam jawa

Store around 40° F and keep dry. Fresh tamarinds are usually covered in thin, brittle pods. After removing the pod, underneath the shell there will be a sticky meat the consistency of dried dates. Under the meat you will find the large seeds, which are easily removed.


  • Tamarindus indica


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