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Its Arabic translation is Indian date, however, it is indigenous to tropical Africa and particularly to Sudan, it is locally known as (Aradaib).
The tamarind has a sweet and sour taste and is high in sugar, vitamin B and even Calcium. The fruit pulp of tamarind is edible and is known for its sour taste.
It contains tannins which are effective in protecting the kidney and has antiviral and antibacterial effects. It is also used in curing gastric and digestive problems and in cardioprotective activity as it lowers the level of serum cholestoral and blood sugar. It also helps cure yellow fever and its herbal infusion is used to treat fever caused by malaria. Not only does it help relieve severe asthma, it also helps cure bacterial skin infections and chest pains and conjuctivities , also known as pink eye. Pregnant women are advised to use it to fight nausea and pregnancy-related vomiting. In beauty products, it is added to relieve rashes and disinfect skin. In addition, it is used in more serious diseases such as leprosy and rheumatism and to prevent urinary stones.
Also known as Tamarindus Indica , it belongs to the Fabaceae family of the genus Tamarindus. The tree is a long-lived bushy tree that grows to up to 60 feet. It grows under the sunlight in sandy, acidic or even clay soil types.