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The tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is an evergreen tree native to Africa. It is now cultivated throughout the world's tropical regions. The tamarind fruit is a seed pod, brown in color and several inches long, which contains a sour-tasting pulp. Due to its cathartic properties the fruit was used in ancient and medieval times as a medicine; today it is most often found in various Indian chutneys, curries, and preserved-fish, as well as in Britain's famous worcestershire sauce (whose creators were inspired by Indian cuisine). Jus de tamarin or Tamarind Juice, a refreshing drink, is made by combining the seed pods with water and sugar. It is said to lower body temperature. Canned tamarind drink is available in many grocery stores.
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A half-teaspoon of vanilla extract can be added with the sugar.
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