Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

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Another one of our absolute favorite fruits!  Tamarind is adapted to a wide range of growing conditions and grows exceedingly well and effortlessly in Florida, especially in the south. 

Tamarind is a leguminous tree native to tropical Africa.  Tamarind trees can obtain impressive heights, reaching anywhere from 30-100 feet tall in the right habitat.  However, Tamarind trees are also highly prized Bonsai specimen and can be pruned and maintained at impressively small sizes as well.

Tamarind fruit is actually a long seedpod that can grow to be 12 inches in length.  The pulp within the seedpod is tart and sweet.  It is popularly used to make chutneys (yum!), candies, salsas, sauces, flavor cocktails, etc. Tamarinds are available at markets in both sweet and tart varieties but are fairly expensive supermarket items.  Grow your own Tamarind trees and enjoy your own bounty of deliciously tart Tamarinds each season.

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How to Grow Tamarind

Plant Type: Tropical Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Spring - Summer. Fruit may be left on the tree up to 6 months after maturity.

Mature Size: 30+ ft. can take excessive pruning in the summer. Prized Bonsai specimen.

Soil & Moisture: Rich well-draining soil. Thrives in neutral, gritty, clay, even saline soils. Once established, tamarind trees can withstand periods of drought.

Exposure: Full Sun, Light Shade, Part Shade 

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 needs protection from frost.

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