Jambang

(JAHM-bahng)

Tamarind

Tamarindus indica

Description

A large spreading tree to 18 m high; leaves pinnate, divided into 12-15 pairs of small oblong dark green leaflets; flowers mottled yellow and red-brown; fruit oblong to 10 cm long, brown, fleshy. Found in coastal areas. Flowers November-February. Fruit August-October.

Uses

The fruit are eaten when they are ripe (brown). This plant is considered to have been introduced by Macassan trepangers.

(Source: Blake, N., Wightman, G., and Williams, L. 1998. Iwaidja Ethnobotany, p. 125. Darwin. NT Botanical Bulletin No. 23, Parks and Wildlife Commission, Darwin.)