Tamarind is from a curved brown bean-pod from the tamarind tree. The pod contains a sticky pulp enclosing one to ten shiny black seeds. It is available as a pressed fibrous slab. It has a a slightly fruity aroma and a refreshing sour taste.


Tamarind, by itself has no individual types. However, for the purpose of export it is conveniently divided into the following types according to the percentage of seeds it contains (seed percentage is inversely proportional to the cost).

  1. Seedless tamarind (Kudipulli): As the name suggests, this tamarind does not contain any seeds and is the most expensive variety. This variety consists purely of tamarind flower. It is considered a superior quality product.

  2. Flower type tamarind: This type of tamarind consists of tamarind flowers. The flower are aligned flat-out on one side exposing the white part to give it a sophisticated look.

  3. 0% - 5% seeds: This variety consists of 0 - 5 percent seeds.

  4. 8% - 10% seeds: This tamarind, being cheaper to produce is categorised as an average quality product.

  5. Seeds > 35% (Botuk quality): Cheapest of all, this product is categorised as a below average product.


Tamarind is available in the following packings:

  • 150 gm blocks X 40 blocks = 6 kg carton
  • 200 gm blocks X 50 blocks = 10 kg carton
  • 500 gm blocks X 40 blocks = 20 kg carton
  • 1 kg blocks X 20 blocks = 20 kg carton
All markings as per buyer specifications.


A single 20 ft. F.C.L. of tamarind consists of 22 metric tons of tamarind.


Tamarind is known to spoil quickly in moist whether quickly losing its color and being prone to insect infestations. Thus, it is advisable to buy tamarind during the harvest season as far as possible to avoid infestations.


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Original tamarind plant, flower, seed

Flower tamarind with seeds around 5%

Block of Botuk quality tamarind

200 gram block of tamarind cake

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