Baby tamarinds


Baby tamarinds

Sorry for the poor photo, but here we have a bag of ‘baby tamarinds’ known as makaam awn [มะขามอ่อน].  They are basically very young, unripe tamarinds.  As a result, they are very, very sour.  That’s why there is a bag of sugar and chili mix to dip them in.  Since there is little to no fruit at this stage of development, you just eat the entire thing, shell and all.  The shell that is normally hard and brittle from a ripe tamarind is soft, bitter, and sour in these young ones.  Not a snack you’ll find me searching for out on the streets.  Hidden behind is a bag of Thai gooseberries [มะยม].

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