The tamarind is a long-lived, medium-growth tree. The crown has an irregular, vase-shaped outline of dense foliage. The tree grows well in full sun, prefers clay, loam, sandy, and acidic soil types. The beautiful weeping form of this tree makes an excellent shade tree. Orchid like flowers are produced in the summer and the fruits that follow may hang on the tree for several months. The fruit is an indehiscent legume pod with a hard, brown shell. The fruit has a fleshy, juicy pulp. Tamarind paste has a wonderful sweet-sour flavor that can be added to as many dishes as you have creativity for. In the US, tamarind is sometimes used in barbecue sauces and can be found in sweetened drinks available at ethnic restaurants and stores.
Tamarind is an excellent source of vitamins C and B complex, as well potassium, magnesium, iron, thiamine, phosphorous, fiber and riboflavin and has many medicinal benefits. Zone 9b+, indoors or as a Bonsai specimen.