The pulp of tamarind seed/bean pods makes a refreshing drink – known as Agua de tamarindo in Mexico. And there’s a term for non-alcoholic drinks made from seeds, flowers and fruits: “aqua fresca”! I’ve been making aqua frescas for a while now and didn’t know it haha!
Tamarind is a tree – I read native to Africa and the ingredient is popular in Asia as well.
For Aqua de tamarindo, peel the pods and remove the strings. Add just the sticky seeds to 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Take off the heat and mash it up. When cool enough not to burn you, press the juice through a strainer. Add 5 more cups of water to the juice and 1.5 cups of sugar or honey to taste. Stir well and serve over ice. Fun! My daughter wants to add hibiscus flowers next time.
You can also gnaw and suck on the fruity part of the bean and spit out the seed. Just remove the shell and stringy stuff first.Do you have tips on this or other fun drinks? I may post some in the future that we made in the school gardens.