The Tamarind tree is a long lived massive bushy tree, it can reach up to a height of 80 to 200 ft, attaining a crown of 40ft and can develop a large trunk of 25ft in circumference. Its leaves are evergreen, bright green in colour. Its branches droop from a single, central trunk as the tree matures and is often pruned in agriculture to optimise tree density and ease of fruit harvest. The mass of its bright green leaves are composed of pinnate leaves, each having 10 to 20 pairs of oblong leaflets which folds during the night. The tree grows well in full sun in clay, loam, sandy and acidic soil types and high resistance to droughts and aerosol salt. The Tamarind Tree produces fruits which are extensively used in cuisines around the world. Other uses include traditional medicine and metal polish. Its wood can also be used in Carpentry. Because of its many uses, cultivation has spread around the world in tropical and subtropical zones.
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) (from Arabic: تمر هندی, romanized tamar hindi, "Indian date") is a leguminous tree in the family Fabaceae indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon, having only a single species.
The tamarind tree produces edible, pod-like fruit which are used extensively in cuisines around the world. Other uses include traditional medicine and metal polish. The wood can be used in carpentry. Because of the tamarind's many uses, cultivation has spread around the world in tropical and subtropical zones.
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