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Tamarindo Health Benefits

There are many people who feel water in their mouths and others who make that “sour” face just hearing the name of this fruit: the tamarind .

Although common in several regions of Brazil, many others have never heard of it. It’s what we can call an exotic fruit. Some love it and others don’t even come close.

Its bittersweet flavor is considered wild for some types of taste, but it is very successful when consumed in sweet recipes, juices and even savory recipes.

The tamarind tree is the tamarind, its origin comes from far away, across the ocean, in the midst of the African savannas.

It was the slave trade that made it spread all over the world, but especially in tropical regions, be they humid or arid. It was exactly this characteristic that made him adapt very well here in Brazil, especially in the North and Northeast regions. In these places, the consumption of tamarind, either as juice or even fresh, is very popular.

Tamarindo even got its own festival, the “Tamarindo party”. This festivity takes place annually in the hinterland of Pernambuco and has now passed its 14th edition. If you want to get to know it, the party takes place every year in the municipality of Afrânio, in the hinterland of Pernambuco. The first edition of the ‘Festa do Tamarindo de Caboclo’ took place in 1995, with the objective of bringing together residents around the tamarind tree, a centenary tree in the village.

CURIOSITIES ABOUT TAMARINDO

The tamarind tree is quite impressive, it can reach up to 30 meters in height and bear fruit for up to – amazingly – two whole centuries! That’s right there you read it. When you see a very large tamarind tree, know that it may have already had its fruits tasted by the inhabitants of 200 years ago.

The tamarind tree also requires patience from those who are willing to grow it, as the first fruits only appear after 4 or 6 years. So, if you want to have a tamarind tree in your backyard, be patient at this time.

Plucking a tamarind from the tree and savoring it is what everyone wants – even those who look sour end up not resisting – but did you know that tamarind wood and seeds, and even its leaves, also have many uses?

Tamarindo wood can be used in the manufacture of furniture, but only those that accept small warping (interior, decorative parts…) as it usually presents small defects arising from drying.

Its seeds are widely used as stabilizers for industrial juices and as glue for fabrics. Yes it’s true!

The leaves are used to make the famous tamarind leaf tea, they have anti-inflammatory and infection-fighting medicinal properties. This is also why they are widely used in compresses.

TAMARIND PROPERTIES

The first impression you get of the tamarind is that it is a kind of pod, only crumbly. But as soon as you break the skin around it, you find the fruit reddish and quite fibrous. This pulp is the edible part of the tamarind. Inside it are your seeds.

Tamarind contains in its composition a good dose of vitamins, types C and E, also vitamins of the B complex, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and many fibers.

The anti-inflammatory properties of tamarind come from its organic compounds that make it an antioxidant, antacid and a great tool to lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood.

TAMARIND BENEFITS

  • Like any fruit, tamarind has numerous benefits for your health, but be careful, don’t stop reading now, as it also brings some dangers. Let’s talk about them later. Now, see what you get from tamarind consumption.
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, benefiting the heart.
  • Great source of iron that helps in treating anemia, but don’t consume it in excess. Now, we’ll explain to you why.
  • The amount of iron contained in tamarind stimulates blood circulation and makes red blood cells healthy. In this way it aids in the circulation of oxygen throughout the body.
  • Vitamin C prevents health problems related to infections caused by fungi and microbes.
  • Promotes lowering of blood pressure.
  • Tamarind has antiseptic and antimicrobial actions that fight parasites and bacteria that can cause pneumonia and infections.
  • Helps to fight various inflammations.
  • Aids in the treatment of eye irritation.
  • Powerful in preventing problems such as gout, arthritis and rheumatic conditions.
  • Regulates nerve function as it provides B-complex vitamins.
  • Your digestive system appreciates the amount of fiber present in the fruit.
  • It has powerful laxative and bile-stimulating properties that fight the trapped bowel.
  • It helps control diabetes, contains enzymes that absorb carbohydrates and convert them into fat and sugar, which prevents and controls blood glucose levels.
  • Fights insomnia and improves the quality and duration of sleep.

And much more…

Helps to cure hemorrhoids; it is a source of folic acid (important for pregnant women); helps the kidneys eliminate toxic substances; it stimulates the production of collagen, which makes your skin and hair more beautiful and, thanks to its proteins, helps repair and build muscles.

DOES TAMARINDO LOSE WEIGHT?

If you want to lose weight, tamarind is essential in your diet, do you know why?

It is a great source of fiber and nutrients. These nutrients give you the feeling of being satiated, because of that you end up eating less. But not only that.

In addition to helping to control appetite and store less fat in the body, its laxative properties help your bowel to work better, weight loss happens much more easily and naturally.

DANGERS OF TAMARIND

Some things should be noted, for example, tamarind lower blood pressure, so people with high blood pressure benefit from this, but if you already have low blood pressure, it’s good not to consume it in excess.

Another thing to note is that tamarind dilutes the blood. Aspirin has the same effect, as with some other medications. What happens is that the blood thins and this can make it difficult to stop any bleeding.

Avoid eating tamarind if you are using medications that also have this property.

TAMARINDO, WHERE TO BUY?

In the markets of your city, fairs and supermarkets in general, you can find tamarind. Here are some popular addresses:

  • Supermarkets
  • free fairs
  • Houses specializing in products from the North and Northeast

TAMARIND RECIPES

TAMARINDO LAUGHING – (MOUSSE, PAVÊ, TAMARINDO)

What will you need

  • 200 g of tamarinds
  • 1 cup (tea) of boiling water
  • 500 ml of warm water
  • 6 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 envelope (12 g) of colorless gelatin powder, hydrated and melted according to the instructions on the package
  • 1 box of cream
  • 1 can or carton of condensed milk

How to make

  • Peel the tamarinds and blend them in a blender with boiled water until it becomes a smooth pulp.
  • Sift and set aside.
  • Mix warm water with sugar, 2 tablespoons of tamarind and melted gelatin.
  • Distribute in 8 dessert cups.
  • Take it to freeze.
  • Blend the rest of the pulp with the condensed milk and cream in a blender for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Cool for 30 minutes and distribute in glasses.
  • Serve chilled.

TAMARIND JUICE RECIPE

What will you need

  • 150 grams of tamarind;
  • 1 liter of ice water;
  • sweetener to taste.

How to make

  • Peel and wash the tamarind.
  • Place in a blender and blend with water and sweetener to taste for 1 minute or until smooth.
  • Pass through a sieve and serve chilled.

TAMARIND JUICE RECIPE WITH PINEAPPLE

What will you need

  • 1 pulp of 200g of tamarind;
  • 1 200g pineapple pulp;
  • 400 ml of water;
  • sweetener or honey to taste.

How to make

  • Blend all ingredients for one minute in a blender until smooth.
  • Serve then very cold.

Tamarind Sauce Recipe

What will you need

  • 200 grams of tamarind pulp
  • 250 milliliters of coconut milk
  • 80 grams of sugar (½ cup)
  • Black pepper
  • salt

How to make

  • Add the tamarind pulp and coconut milk to a saucepan, then mix well until smooth.
  • Cook over medium heat for a few minutes.
  • Add sugar and mix well until dissolved.
  • Cook for 20 minutes over low heat until sauce is thick.
  • Then it’s time to hit the blender! To make everything more homogeneous.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste and you’re done. Just serve!

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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