Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) has recently flowered in the medicinal plants section. It is a tropical tree of the family Leguminosae (Fabaceae). Despite its name, which comes from the phrase "Tamar Hindi" (the meaning in Arabic is Indian date), it originates in Africa. It would seem that the tree had arrived in India in the distant past, and from there to the rest of the world. The pulp that surrounds the seeds in the pods can be eaten, though it is very sour. The fruit is commonly used in Indian kitchens as well as in other cuisines around the world. It is used to prepare cooked dishes as well as drinks and sweets (when sugar is added). The fruit is a source of vitamin B3. We hope to enjoy these wonderful fruits after their flowering.