Earthday in Sao Tome
July 8, 2024

Do you have a sweet tooth ?

Sao Tome is blessed with Tamarind trees bearing a sweet-sour fruit.  I went to Tamarindo beach

Tamarindo beach. (Praia dos tamarinos) is situated in the northern part of Sao Tome, an easy drive from the Capital. Known to be one of the island’s best beaches, facing an emerald sea, for swimming and relaxing. Popular at weekends with tourists and locals.

Tamarind is a hardwood tree native to Africa and tropical countries known scientifically as Tamarindus indica that produces bean-like pods filled with seeds surrounded by a fibrous pulp. The pulp of the young fruit is green and sour. As it ripens, the juicy pulp becomes paste-like and sweet-sour. 

Pure tamarind comes in three main forms: raw pods, pressed blocks, and concentrate. Also used to prepare sweets, juices, alcoholic beverages, food flavouring, tarnish remover. Constipation. This fruit has many uses, including cooking, health, and household purposes. The seeds and leaves are also edible. 

Benefits: pulp is rich in minerals, potassium, magnesium,  vitamin A, B, C, K, calcium, copper fibre, antioxidants and minerals. antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, amino acids, (plant compounds)

Traditional Medicine

In beverage form, it was commonly used to treat diarrhea, constipation, fever, and malaria. The bark and leaves were also used to promote wound healing.

High in calories, so beware of consumption.

bless Sister E

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