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Nevertheless, while many discard the shiny black seeds, others utilise them in the following ways:-
⃟ Tamarind gum is extracted from the seeds. Tamarind gum is used as a sizing agent in preparation of some textiles amongst others (3)(5).
⃟ Tamarind seeds/kernel- The black shiny seeds are roasted and shelled to reveal a cream coloured 'seed' or kernel. This is seasoned and eaten as you would peanuts or grounded into a powder to be used as an adulterant in coffee (3) or thickening agent or used for animal feed (6).
⃟ Tamarind Oil- The oil is extracted and used for painting dolls or statues (3).
In all, despite tamarind being a poor source of vitamin C, and iron it makes a worthy addition to ones diet once in season. Tamarind's tart flavour and odd appearance are the characteristics that make it a dynamic and versatile fruit. Seeing that, its applications extends beyond everyday sweets, beverages or savoury items.
What are some of your favourite ways to consume this tropical fruit?
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