This tree gives crops just once in six years. But it's worth waiting, the fruit is extremely healthy for the digestive system and has an unusual strong taste. The fruit bared in tamarind's pod consists of few seeds and a soft substance. It's usually mashed into a thick mass and then mixed with water (Agua de Tamarindo).
The tree itself is extremely large, growing up to 20 meters. Its wood is durable and it can provide plenty of shade. Tamarind blooms from May to June while the pods grow between December and March.