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  • The Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) (from the Arabic: تمر هندي tamar hindi = Indian date) is in the family Fabaceae.
  •  The genus 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.
  •  It was 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 hindi".


  • A process for manufacture of tamarind juice concentrate was developed by Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, India.

  •  This 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.

  • Transportation 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 per year.

  • 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.

  •  Tamarind 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 bark also have medical applications.

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