Tamarind is a leguminous tree in the family Fa indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon, having only a single species.
The tamarind tree produces edible, pod-like fruit
which is used extensively in cuisines around the world. Other uses
include traditional medicine and metal polish. The wood can be used in
carpentry. Because of the tamarind's many uses, cultivation has spread
around the world in tropical and subtropical zones.