Most tamarinds are known to be extremely sour and are mainly use in cooking especially in Thai dishes or making drinks. This Sweet Tamarind on the other hand is sweet like the name suggests. The appearance of both kinds are the same. Tamarind trees can be found all over Thailand, but sweet tamarind is only grown in certain provinces, especially Phetchaboon.
Since sweet tamarind is a delicious dried fruit, the ripe meat is normally eaten straight from the pod, as a snack. It can be stored in refrigerator for months. Sweet tamarind can also be made into candy by adding sugar and even some dried chili to add some spiciness to it. It is a very popular snack that can be found all over Thailand.
Tamarind is a natural laxative, like prunes. With it's natural fiber, tamarind meat can also be used to polish brass.