A fruit that is often sold, still encased inside its long narrow tree pod. The pulp is more often sold in jars and packets already shelled, but still containing some fibers and seed. It is used as a souring agent in many dishes,. To obtain Tamarind Juice, mash 1 part tamarind pulp in 2 parts warm water and strain to obtain in juice, discarding the seeds and fibers. If using already cleaned tamarind pulp, slightly reduce the amounts called for in the recipes. The dried pulp keeps indefinitely an airtight container.