Large Bean-Pods


tamarind,tamarindo,tamarindus indicaCalled tamarind in English, these pods are brown, hard-shelled legumes usually sold in the shattered state, making the acid pulp more accessible. The ones at the right are about ten inches long. Tamarind pulp is mixed with water and sweetened to make a tasty drink, but it's so acid that it can't be good for the teeth. The seeds are too hard to eat. These legumes are picked from large trees, Tamarindus indica, in the Bean Family, native of the Old World tropics


GuajeThere's no good English name for guaje, the flat, green pods shown at the right. Usually they're sold in tied-together bunches, and contain small, tasty beans. The pods, about a foot long, are produced on trees of the genus Leucaena, which is native to the Americas, and a member of the bean family. Guaje seeds are eaten raw, sometimes cooked, and sometimes used to season the dish called huaxmole.