Tamarindos

@lelin1123 (15635)
Puerto Rico
June 15, 2009 3:13pm CST
Has any of mylotters ever eaten a Tamarindo - its a sour fruit found on a tree. It has a hard shell that you break and then you eat or suck on the fruit that surrounds the pit. You don't eat the pit. I ate them in Puerto Rico right from the tree off the road. They are sour but delicious!
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@flaky03 (225)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
Tamarindos is popularly known as Sampaloc here in the Philippines. Yes i had eaten this fruit but in most cases if it was prepared as a candy or sweets. Here in our country, we prepare it as candy by simply coating the ripe tamarindos with sugar and from there it is wrap in celophane. It is popular to children since the sweet and sour flavor compliments each other. We also used the unripe tamarindo as an ingredient in a sour soup that we call Sinigang. The fruit is considered to be part of the Filipino culture since it captures the taste of unequalled sourness.
@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
You mean tamarind we widely used it for cooking sinigang. I like the sour taste of it but I prefer to eat it when it is make into candy. We called it here in the Philippines sampalok. The leaves is also used for cooking it is also has a sour taste.
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
16 Jun 09
I ate them right off the tree in Puerto Rico. They were delicious. Yes I was told that its also used to make a juice. I didn't hear about candy or sweets. I have to check into that. Thanks for responding.
• United States
15 Jun 09
I think I did try one. It sounds like it. Does it look kinda like a grape only harder on the outside? Do you have a picture of one?
• United States
17 Jun 09
It isn't the same thing. The one I tried was from the Philipines but only had one pit and was much smaller that what you just described. It sounds almost the same except for the size and number of pits. I remember breaking the outside and eating the meaty part from the inside.
@ladym33 (10990)
• United States
16 Jun 09
No, I have never eaten one of those. Actually this is the first time I have even heard of them. They sound like a very interesting treat. I would love to try one, but I don't think they sell them in any of the grocery stores here where I live. Maybe some day I will get to try them.
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
16 Jun 09
I know they are not in my area either. The only place I have seen them or eaten them is in Puerto Rico. If you like sour you would like this fruit. Thanks for responding.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I think I just watched a cooking show about how to use this fruit. I would love to try it but it looked like a lot of work to use it in cooking.
@lelin1123 (15635)
• Puerto Rico
15 Jun 09
I know you can use it as a juice. I never used in cooking only eating it from the shell. Thanks for your response!