Manila tamarind originated from a large Central American area, stretching from Southern California to Colombia and Venezuela. It was introduced and extensively naturalised in the Caribbean, Florida Guam, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Philippines. Manila tamarind is a small to medium-sized semi-evergreen leguminous tree, 5 to 20 m high. Manila tamarind is a fast growing tree that may reach a height of 10 m in 5-6 years in favourable conditions.
It constitutes vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, vitamin B1 which is important for nerve and brain functioning. Helps convert energy from glucose, and a good source of vitamin B2.