· By Victor Garcia
What is Tamarind and how is it used to make sorbets/helados?
☀️What is Tamarind
Tamarind is a tropical fruit that has a unique and distinct flavor profile. It is widely used in many cuisines around the world, particularly in Mexico, Asia, India, and Africa. The tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica) is native to tropical Africa and is also cultivated in many other regions of the world, including Asia and South America.
☀️What does it look and taste like?
The fruit of the tamarind tree is a pod-like structure that contains a pulp that is used in cooking. The pulp is sour and tangy, with a slightly sweet taste. It is often used as a souring agent in many dishes, such as curries, chutneys, and soups. The pulp can be used fresh or dried, and it is sold in many different forms, including paste, concentrate, and whole pods.
☀️What are some benefits?
Tamarind is also used in many traditional medicines, as it has various health benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is often used to treat digestive disorders, such as constipation, and is also believed to help lower cholesterol levels.
☀️How we use it?
🔸Take fresh tamarind
🔸Remove tough exterior shell and seeds
🔸Cook and turn into a thick, delicious paste
🔸The paste then forms the base of our paletas and sorbets