Enough of that however, and back to one of my favourite topics, food! As I've said on this website before, I love trying new fruits and vegetables. A friend gave me some Tamarinds today to try for the first time. She tried them growing up in Jamaica and I understand that they are more sour there, but these ones from Thailand were very sweet. Once you crack open the shell of what looks like a giant smooth peanut you find a soft fruit wrapped in what appears to be twine. Just pop it in your mouth and suck the sticky fruit away from a small black seed. It tastes to me like a Medjool Date mixed with a Tootsie Roll.
Tamarinds are very sweet, and delicious. If you went to the trouble of peeling them and separating them from the seeds they would be a great substitute for dates in a recipe. 100 grams of Tamarinds have 628mg of Potassium (twice that of a banana), 57 grams of sugar (similar to Dates), as well as some Calcium, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B6 & 23% of your daily Magnesium. Might as well get some nutrition with your sweets! Don't worry though, there is also lots of fibre so this is sugar you don't need to avoid.