The Tamarind (Tamarindus
indica) (from the Arabic:
= Indian date) is in the family Fabaceae.
Tamarindus is monotypic (having only a single species), It is a tropical
tree, native to tropical Africa, including Sudan and parts of the
Madagascar dry deciduous forests.
introduced into India so long ago that it has often been reported as
indigenous there, and it was apparently from India that it reached the
Persians and the Arabs who called it "tamar
A process for
manufacture of tamarind juice concentrate was developed by Central Food
Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India.
product has become very popular in the metropolitan cities, towns as
well as in many urban areas.
This product is
being exported in significant quantities mainly to gulf countries.
and material handling of the concentrate is a problem to the exporters
and leaves low margin to them.
The distribution and sale amount
of sweet tamarind through the central market not less than 2,000 tons
Tamarind processing products for
export to the targeted countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar,
Cambodia, USA, and other European countries.
Farmers in Phetchabun and
neighboring provinces not less than 20,000 households gain
benefits from the project - 196 OTOP products have developed.
Tamarind is useful in correcting bilious disorders.
is acidic and excites the bile and other juices in the body.
Tamarind is also a blood purifier,
Folk medicine uses Tamarind leaves for sprains and swelling.
The leaves are some times
used in sub acid infusions, and a decoction is said to destroy worms in
children, and is also useful for jaundice, and externally as a wash for
sore eyes and ulcers.
The pulp, leaves, and the
also have medical applications.
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