The reddish brown, curved seed pods of a lovely tropical tree hold several large seeds encased by moist, sticky, dark brown flesh that varies from being very sweet to very sour. Tamarind is a large, handsome, symmetrical spreading tree. It has small compound leaves with yellow flowers and brown fruits. The fleshy pulp of the fruit is acidic. The tamarind fruit is used as a food crop and as a flavoring ingredient in a wide range of foods.