Tamarind imparts a tangy-sweet flavor to a dish.
The extracts of this fruit have been used in ancient medicine to treat snake bites, malaria, diabetes, constipation, and several acute and chronic conditions.
Tamarind is used as a functional food.
Tamarind seed is commercially available as a food additive for improving the viscosity and texture of processed foods.
The acidic pulp is used as a favorite ingredient in culinary preparations, such as curries, chutneys, sauces, ice cream.
It is used traditionally in abdominal pain, diarrhea and dysentery, helminthes infections, wound healing, malaria and fever,constipation, inflammation, cell cytotoxicity, gonorrhea, and eye diseases.