In Jessamine, I mention a lot of the fruits and foods common in the Caribbean. One of these is the tamarind.
Tamarinds are tart and make a wonderful juice, poured over lots of ice.
The recipe below comes from Native Recipes, published by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of the Virgin Islands.
12 - 14 dried tamarinds
3 cups boiling water
sugar to taste
Select and shell ripe tamarinds. Pour boiling water over tamarind and leave for about one hour. Put through sieve, stirring well to allow th emeat to leae the seeds. Sweeten to tast, chill and serve over shaved ice.
Servings - 2.
80 calories per serving. (with 2 tablespoons of sugar)