Tree with edible beans

dirtygardener73(9a)December 8, 2009

Last year, someone brought me some beans from a tree. They were edible, and very tasty. I saved some, but they rotted when I tried to plant them. I'd really like to have more seeds so I can try to grow it again. I simply cannot remember the name, and the person has moved away.

Anyone have a clue? It's a tropical tree, if that helps, and there is a wild variety that grows here that has non-edible beans.

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Never mind. Just was reading and saw the name...tamarind. Anyone have any spare seeds they'd like to share for postage?

    Bookmark   December 8, 2009 at 11:30PM
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Go to any Indian or Caribbean grocery store and you'll find the seeds there. Tamarindus indica - Indian Tamarind - is a very large tree (to 60') that requires full sun and a sandy soil.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 7:24AM
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whgille(FL 9b)

Tamarind comes in a sour variety and a sweet one. Which one did you try?

A lot of nurseries sell the trees. Where are you located?

I was thinking about other edible bean though, that one is a big bean in the soursop family.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 8:16AM
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eric_9b(z9b Orlando)

Species of Inga also have edible "bean" pods. Its often called Ice Cream Bean as the pods have a sweet pulp. It is also a large growing tropical tree.Inga edulis is the most common.


    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 9:11AM
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happy_girl(Z9 st. cloud)

Eric, I'm glad to see your name on the Garden Web again. Where have you been hiding? Our group, Osceola Master Gardeners, was at Leu Gardens this past Monday. I looked for you but only saw Bob. Visit us often, please.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2009 at 11:53AM
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Thanks, everyone, but I don't have any ethnic food stores around here close by, and I don't drive. The one I tasted was sweet. I really liked them.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2009 at 5:33PM
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Before you invest the number of years necessary to grow a tamarind tree and discover that you have nurtured an inferior specimen you should consider purchasing a seedling of a named variety.

The truth is that many seeds don't come true to the fruit you may have eaten (tamarind, avocado, etc) and the time investment is soooo long. Or if someone has a tree of good fruit you could beg for some cuttings which will be true since they are the same tree.

The internet makes mail-order purchases possible. I got my tamarind on ebay from a FL seller. (Too small to offer cuttings, sorry).

    Bookmark   December 10, 2009 at 7:14PM
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Pigeon peas grows on a tree/shrub.
Featherhoof has the bean pictured
on an earlier post.
I bought a tree at Mounts Sale in Nov,
but probably won't be keeping it.
Beans are one of my least favorite foods.........cheryl

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 5:47PM
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The sweet tamarind seeds from thailand don't germinate. Probably irradiated like they do to durians. Many have tried including me. No success story has been found. Publix sells the dried sour tamarind if you want to try your hand at growing one. I heard the sour tamarind seeds come true because you're likely to get sour tamarind in end :)

    Bookmark   December 11, 2009 at 7:59PM
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