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Sweet Sour Tamarind Tamarindus Indica Seeds
Packet of 10+ freshly harvested seeds!
This fella is not a native but it has been in Australia long before European settlement.
It originated in Africa and traveled down through South East Asia, eventually being imported to OZ by the Macassan fishermen hundreds of years ago.
It was valued by them as the pods store for such a long time without deteriorating and the flesh is sweet, tangy sour and bloody delicious!
It is also very high in Vitamin C which is needed to prevent scurvy on long ocean voyages.
The seeds themselves are also edible and contain ~7.5% protein and ~7.5% oil but they taste pretty bitter.
The leaves and new growth is used to make pickles and the fruit flesh is sold pretty much everywhere these days either mixed with sugar as candy, or pressed into blocks to use in spicy curries.
It is found all through out warmer Australia(and the world for that matter) as a street and park shade tree, or as a suburban fruit tree in its own right.
It is a key ingredient in Worcestershire Sauce and HP Sauce, as well as drinks, deserts, snack foods, curries, everything that benefits from a bit of sweetness and tang really.
It contains a heap of nutrition, it’s a super hardy and prolific tree, and for these reasons it is used extensively to provide security to area of food shortage.
Mature trees can produce 175kg of fruit in a year and unlike most other fruits they are even high in calcium.
They are easy to grow, just boil the kettle, wait for it to stop bubbling, then pour it over the seeds and leave them sit for a few hours.
Then plant shallowly in a nice well-draining sandy soil mix.
You can just plant them as is without this step but due to their hard coat and natural dormancy germination could take many months if not hot water treated.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically(and occasionally wild harvested), no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!