Imagine this: You walk into your local grocery store through the chilled aisles of the produce section. There, you find something locked away in a box. You can barely make out what it is through the little plastic window. The images and text on the box allude to the mystery inside, but you still have no idea as to what it could be. Curious, you pick it up. Along the opening of the box, sealed by tape it reads: To open: state my name. Your only clues are this: It has a hard brown shell to guard itself from predators, but once cracked, it reveals a soft, date-like flesh on the inside. You’ll need to peel away the spine to get to it, and beware of the black seeds. Any guesses on what this fruit is?
After long deliberation, a word comes to you from unknown origin. You utter the 4 syllables: Ta-ma-rind. Suddenly, the tape binding the box shrivels away and a golden light radiates from inside, shining so brightly it engulfs the whole grocery store. It disappears as quickly as it came, revealing a magical entity – the Goddess of Tamarind- in the boxes place and- okay, I’ll stop there. You’ll just need to try the fruit out for yourself to find out what happens next. 😉
Going on a culinary expedition doesn’t have to be some vast experience that costs you a lot of time and money. You can do that just by picking up an unfamiliar fruit or veggie and learning something about it.
Tamarind is a tropical fruit that originated from Africa, but has spread vastly to Central America, South America, and South Asia. It is typically made into a drink, but you can also eat the fruit by itself. It has a sweet and sour/tangy flavor to it. I personally enjoy them when they are more on the sour side, and the fruit just as is. But please, for the love of humanity, do not eat too many of them at a time. Tamarind is good at stimulating the digestive tract and acts as a laxative. And it works really well. Believe me.
Tamarind has a variety of ways you can eat it such as:
- Dried and ground as a spice
- Made into a drink
- You can also make it into candies, jams, and sauces
There are so many amazing benefits this guarded fruit has to offer, but please, let this video tell you what they are!
After scouring the internet to find the simplest recipe I possibly could, I present to you how to turn tamarind into a drink according to Food.com.
- 1lb whole tamarind pulp, pods (tamarind deshelled and deveined)
- hot water
- 2 quarts water
- 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar or 1 1/2 cups honey
- Cover tamarind pods with hot water.
- Let stand 1 hour; drain.
- Rinse and drain.
- Remove pods, stems and strings from tamarinds.
- Place pods in 2 quarts of water.
- Let stand at least 8 hours or overnight; strain, reserving liquid.
- Press as much tamarind pulp as possible through a sieve.
- Mix pulp, reserved liquid and the sugar or honey.
- Heat just until the sugar or honey melts.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- Serve over ice.
Going out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to mean pushing yourself to be social, or driving someplace far, or trying something that you really don’t want to do. Sometimes, all it takes is being a little more adventurous during your grocery shopping and using your imagination.
To view the full article on organicfacts.net, click here
Please comment below if you have tried the fruit/drink before or have made tamarind into other simple and yummy kitchen creations!
Love and light,
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