Thursday, April 1, 2010
Have you ever heard of a Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L. ~ Leguminosae (Fabaceae) ~Common Names: Tamarind, Tamarindo, Tamarin, Sampalok) I had never heard of it before our trip to Florida. We stopped at a fruit stand and Dennis was excited to find some. He could remember enjoying it as a boy, a kind of treat in Honduras.
I was hesitant to try it. As you can see it kind of looks like a bean. The outside is hard and rough. Once you break it open it's gooey inside. You can easily pull some off, it's very sticky! And each little mound you see is a seed.
So you pop the sticky mess in your mouth and try to deal with your fingers. But take the seed out once you have the goodness off, lol. The taste reminded me of sour candy, like sourheads. Haden loved it, I could handle a small amount but not a whole "bean". I did keep some seeds and I would like to see if I could grow one of the plants. I'm sure I'll tell you all about it if I can.