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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Tamarindus[?]
Species: indica
Binomial name
Tamarindus indica

The Tamarind (alternative name Indian Date) is a tropical tree, originally from east Africa but now introduced into most of the tropic Asia as well as Latin America. The tree can grow up to 20 meters in height, and stays evergreen in regions without a dry season. The leaves consist of 10 to 18 leaflets.

The pulp of the fruit is used as a spice both in asian as well as in latin american cuisine, and is also a important ingredient to Worcestershire sauce. Both the pulp as well as the bark also have medical applications.

The tamarind is the provincial tree of the Phetchabun province of Thailand.

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