Tamarind is a spice that we often hear the name of, but don’t really know much about. Derived from the Arabic words translating to “Indian date” or “date of India”, it is a fruit of many uses and benefits. Here are the four things you need to know about Tamarind, including when and how to use it in your next dish!
4 things you need to know about tamarind
- Tamarind paste is made from the fruit which grows on tamarind trees, a type of tree that is native to Africa but that also grows in South Asia, South America and the Caribbean islands.
- It is a common ingredient used in Indian and Mexican cuisines; it is a convenient product, used in similar ways to garlic and herb pastes sold in the produce section of the supermarket.You will find it in dishes such as Pad Thai, Chicken Kung Pow but it can be used in many soups, stir fries and noodle, fish and chicken dishes for a distinctively fruity tang and an abundance of health promoting compounds.
- The health benefits of it are extensive and well-studied. Taramind has the ability to reduce inflammation, aid in digestion, lower cholesterol and improve skin and eye health.
- It’s easy to spice up your next dish with tamarind paste. It can be found in the ethnic food aisle in your grocery store or some Chinese/Asian/Indian food stores. Try it in this colorful chicken kung pow recipe for a delicious, dietitian-approved weekday meal!