The Tamarind is a medium-sized fruit tree that can grow from 12 m to 30 m with a round-shaped crown. It is native to Africa, and requires a monsoon climate to thrive. It grows best on sandy soil near the sea, but nowhere does it grow as well as in India or Africa. It bears brown fruit pods containing several flat hard seeds enveloped by a juicy pulp.
The Tamarind tree is slow growing and widely cultivated for its sweet-sourish fruit pulp known tamarind or ‘asam’, which is used in Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine (for example, in fish curries), and for making Worcestershire sauce.
This Heritage Tamarind Tree has been standing at its present site for over 70 years and has provided shade for many.