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Agua de Tamarindo or Tamarind Beverage Tamarind or Tamarindus indica is known and used in many ways throughout the world. In Guatemala tamarind is used to make a refreshing beverage. The tamarind pods grow on a tree. They have a brown brittle shell rusty brown sticky pulp and may contain from 1 to 12 large flat glossy brown seeds. The pulp is very fibrous. The flavor is quite sour and tart making it excellent for use as Agua de Tamarindo. The tamarind pods or the beverage are seen all over Guatemala. Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants containing carotenes vitamin C flavonoids and B vitamins. They protect against vitamin C deficiency. Tamarind is good for digestion. It can be made into a gargle for sore throat. It is said to lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart.
Some believe the tea can help with coughs. Studies have been done claiming that drinking the tea helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In Guatemala it is considered a hangover remedy and also good for the kidneys. As the calyxes brew a tea high in Vitamin C it is good to drink to fight off colds and strengthen the immune system. There is no exact recipe for this beverage. Much as one might prefer strong or weak tea or coffee the amounts used to make this beverage are only guidelines. In Guatemala Rosa de Jamaica is served quite strong and sweet. My recipe reflects the Guatemalan style. Place 1/2 to 1/3 cup of the dried calyxes into 2 cups of boiling hot water and allow them to steep for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain the liquid add in another 2 to 4 cups of water and sweeten to taste. Serve over ice.