Tamarindus indica L.: a review of traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology

  title={Tamarindus indica L.: a review of traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology},
  author={Emmy De Caluw{\'e} and Kateřina Halamov{\'a} and Patrick Van Damme},
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica, Fabaceae), a tropical fruit found in Africa and Asia is highly valued for its pulp. Tamarind fruit pulp has a sweet acidic taste due to a combination of high contents of tartaric acid and reducing sugars. The pulp is used for seasoning, in prepared foods, to flavour confections, curries and sauces, and as a major ingredient in juices and other beverages. Commercial tamarind-based drinks are available from many countries. Vitamin B content is quite high; carotene and… 

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