TAMARIND SEED PROCESSING AND BY-PRODUCTS
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) is found in many countries of Asia, Africa and South America. Tamarind can tolerate 5-6 months of drought conditions; hence tamarind crop can grow in any type of climate. Tamarind pod contains 30% pulp, 40% seed and 30% shell by weight. Conventionally tamarind pulp being used for preparing different food products and medicated products. Tamarind seed and shell occupies 70% of the pod weight. Tamarind pod shell can be used as fuel, absorbent for the removal of methylene blue and amaranth dyes from aqueous solutions. Tamarind seed can be used after processing i.e after removing outer layer of the seed in food industries, textile industries, craft industries, furniture industries. Some of the uses of tamarind by-products are discussed in this paper.