Some of you may not be aware of this but Tamarindo is actually a fruit tree and it’s one of my favorites. The first time I had it, I was at the Harmony Hotel and they had mixed together fresh tamarindo pulp, lime and ginger. It’s sometimes hard to find fresh fruit drinks at hotels. Often times, it comes pre-prepared in large bins and that’s just not the same as real, freshly prepared fruit drinks.
When I was in the market recently, I saw a bag of “tamarindo pulpa sin azucar” (tamarindo pulp without added sugar). All of the “prepared juices” here have way too much added sugar for my liking so I was happy to see this little bag that didn’t have any. And while it’s not quite the same as preparing my own Tamarindo fruit, it was still tasty and I added in the ginger and lime, just to give it a little kick.
Once it was chilled, I poured it into a glass, grabbed a book and went out to my hammock. It was a hot day but with the breeze slightly rocking my hammock and this refreshingly cold drink, it was perfect.
I have yet to see a Tamarind tree although I’ve been told that Tamarindo (the city where I live) was once like Orange County, California…covered in Tamarindo trees, just like Orange County was covered in orange trees…before the mass onslaught of planned communities were built.
At some point, I will actually find the Tamarind fruit and learn how to extract the pulp to make my own fresh juice. For now, this little bag will do just fine.