Tamarind refers to the pods (fruits) of the tree Tamarindus indica native to East Africa belonging to the family Leguminosae. The tree grows extensively across India, primarily in the Southern half. The ripe pods have fleshy, sticky pulp encapsulating shiny black seeds. The fibre removed ripe pods are de-seeded and cleaned and processed to be traded. The pulp is extensively used in South Indian and South Asian curries to provide a refreshing aroma and sour fruity taste to the final product. Internationally, it is mostly traded in the form of pulp blocks. It is also available in the form of de-seeded dried pods.
Tamarind in India
South Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are the major producers of Tamarind. India produces around 200000 MT of Tamarind per annum of which a very small proportion is exported to various parts of the world.
Tamarind @ ITC
ITC Spices' very presence in the heart of South India equips it with the ability to supply tamarind. It is available both in the form of pulp blocks with seed and fibre removed as well as de-seeded dried pods under ITC Spices umbrella.