So yesterday at work (I work at Whole Foods) I rang through yet another box of tamarind fruit while still wondering about what the heck is in those brown pods!!! I just had to know. So I bought a box, and I must say, it is a very delicious, yet tart, fruit!
Then Jim and I got to talking… he said that while he loved my kombucha original flavor oh so much, the tamarind fruit might give it an extra wow! factor that it needs. Ok, ok those were most definitely not his words, but that’s what it translated to in my mind! So I took my box of tamarind fruit home and got cracking, literally. I cracked open about 5 pods, took the flesh off like 35+ seeds and put the tamarind into a jar of kombucha in the fridge. Then it marinated overnight so I could wake up to a sweet take on my original flavor kombucha. It was delicious!!!
So then I got to thinking… what makes the tamarind fruit so special?
A few things stood out:
* Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants that fight against cancer. Tamarind contains carotenes, vitamin C, flavanoids and the B-vitamins
* Tamarind reduces fevers and provides protection against colds (something else that protects against colds: kombucha!)
* Tamarind helps the body digest food, promotes a healthy heart, and lowers cholesterol
I think that’s pretty good for a fruit that satisfies your sugar cravings!! I love trying new things!