Tamarind, an evergreen tree found in almost all tropical regions of the world. In the United States, it is grown only in southern Florida, primarily as a shade tree.
The tree grows up to 80 feet (24 m) in height. The leaves, four to six inches (10 to 15 cm) in length, are made up of about 20 to 40 small leaflets. The fruit, also called tamarind, is a brown pod three to eight inches (7.5 to 20 cm) in length. The flowers, which are one inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, are yellow with red lines. Propagation is by seeds. Tamarinds are used in flavoring beverages and sauces and for making preserves and some medicines. In Central America and parts of Asia the fruit is eaten fresh.
The tamarind is Tamarindus indica of the pea family, Leguminosae.