DATES OF INDIA

Karanataka is a Large South Indian State which is home to a large number of Enormous and fascinating Tamarind  ( English) Trees, Imli ( Hindi), Tamarindus indica.

The English and Botanical  name Tamarind has it’s origins in Arabic and literally translates to “Dates of Hind” ( tamar-e-hind)  (  India is referred to as Hind in the Arab World) .

Despite the certification by Botanists, it is interesting to note that the Tamarind  Tree actually has its origins in the African Continent and  not the Indian subcontinent.

The following picture was taken outside the Sriranganathaswamy temple, in the historical capital city of Tipu Sultan, Srirangapatnam.

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The Moon over Tamarind Trees

It is interesting to learn that the Tamarindus indica belongs to the Pea family Fabaceae. ( see the fruits and see the resemblance)

All the trees near Bangalore were laden with the leguminous fruits which form an integral part of South Indian cuisine.

The  Tamarind trees are very large  and grow to over   30 metres or 100 feet in this region. The following picture is of a tree which towers over a Siva Cave temple on the Chandi Hills and seems to touch the clouds above.

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Delicious Imlis against a cover of Clouds

The Bean Like Brown fruits called Tamarind in English or Imli in Hindi are a rich source of Amino acids, Vitamin C and Tartaric Acid and form the base of many curries and chutneys in Indian cuisine.

This fruit laden tree was spotted on the banks of the Kaveri River, the waters of which are the basis of many controversies in recent times.

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Sunlit Tamarinds

The Fruits are extremely sour and are used to make many delicious sweet and sour candies as well.

The entire Imli Tree; fruits, seeds , leaves and bark have innumerable Medical applications which I am not attempting to enlist.

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Cluster of Tamarinds

Next time you are in this region do look up and you could be Enchanted by  the small and  pretty Pink & White flowers as well.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

58 thoughts on “DATES OF INDIA”

  1. Thank you for sharing this most enlightening information. I have really been missing out. I think I will be using tamarind now. I had heard of it, but have never actually used it. You really do teach very well. I love this.

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  2. In my primary years at school (north queensland – Australia) we had three huge trees in the playground. Ahh, the memories of knocking tamarinds down with anything we could throw at them and gnawing on them all day, trying not to get caught by the teachers. Tamarind dipped in ice-cream – that was a favourite. Mind you, this was forty odd years ago!

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