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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tangy Tamarind Tea

Tangy Tamarind Tea

Tangy Tamarind Tea


Tamarindus indica or tamarind tree is native to tropical Africa; the tree grows wild throughout the Sudans, Madagascar and most of tropical Africa. Madagascar is famous for two food products; the vanilla bean and tamarind. Tamarind fruit is very popular in many regions of Africa and the Caribbean. The pulp is sour and is regularly used to create delicious tamarind tea.

Madagascar is famous for two food products the vanilla bean and tamarind. Tamarind is mostly grown wild on the tropical western portion of the island. Tamarind is used as a spice in soups, in desserts or used to make wonderfully sour drinks.


Fresh Tamarind

Tangy Tamarind Tea

Ingredients
1 tablespoon Tamarind paste
½ teaspoon ginger paste
3 cups hot water
½ cup granulated sugar (or to taste)

Directions
Place all ingredients into a large heat proof pitcher. Mix well. Serve over ice or serve warm. For a more adult taste mix in 1/2 cup spiced rum (or to taste)

About Africa
Africa’s geography is as diverse as its language. The range of climate and soil conditions in Africa has created a diversity of vegetables, fruits, wild and domesticated animals. Africa rests on both sides of the equator and is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.

The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world.


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