When I first got to Cairns I was struck by the use of Tamarind trees as an ornamental but I needn’t have been too surprised. The Tamarind is a beautiful tree, with Caesalpinoid-type legume flowers. The flowers and buds are multicolored, with hints of pink, orange, yellow and white in them. The petals are innervated with dark streaks. The fruits are indehiscent (they don’t open when ripe) and hold within them dark pulp covered seeds. On a phylogenetic level, the tamarind is unique genus. It is monotypic, which means it is the only species in the genus. It originates from Africa.
I grew up eating Tamarind in the form of sour spicy fish dishes that used the Tamarind pulp as flavouring. In southeast Asia the tamarind pulp was called Asam. The pulp is also made into a sweet candy with the seeds still in them. Thinking of these almost makes me salivate.
More when I get a hold of some pods.