Taken on the highway somewhere in Karnataka India, on my last visit to my fiancee (now my wife) and her family. It was nice to spend part of Winter in a place where the average temperatures were in the 80’s.
These are tamarind trees. Tamarinds are native to Africa but are believed to have reached India several thousand years ago, being carried by migrating peoples. The tamarind fruit is a delicious, acidic treat with a sweet and sour taste, enjoyed by humans and monkeys. I brought a bag of dried fruit home with me.
This is most likely a farm, as tamarind is widely cultivated in India, which is the largest consumer of this fruit. Wikipedia reports tamarind’s medicinal uses:
“Throughout Asia and Africa it is common for health remedies. In Northern Nigeria, fresh stem bark and fresh leaves are used as decoction mixed with potash for the treatment of stomach disorder, general body pain, jaundice, yellow fever and as blood tonic and skin cleanser. In Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines and Javanese traditional medicine use asem leaves as a herbal infusion for malarial fever, the fruit juice as an anti-septic, and scurvy and even cough cure. Fruit of the tamarind is also commonly used throughout South East Asia as a poultice applied to foreheads of fever sufferers. Tamarind is used as in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine for gastric and/or digestion problems,and in cardioprotective activity.
In animal studies, tamarind has been found to lower serum cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Due to a lack of available human clinical trials, there is insufficient evidence to recommend tamarind for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) or diabetes."
- Shaun -
Model: COOLPIX P80
Shutter Speed: 10/2100 second
Focal Length: 16 mm
ISO Speed: 64
Date Taken: Jan 6, 2009, 10:19:16 PM
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