• Guamúchil Mania

    1 month ago - By 10,000 Birds

    Pithecellobium dulce is a tree with many English names. The most common one, Manila tamarind, is wildly inaccurate, since the tree is native to southwestern Mexico, not Manila, and its only connection to tamarind trees is that both are in different subfamilies of the huge legume family. I first met the tree in Baja California, where it is known as guamúchil , so I will call it that.
    The Guamúchil is a large, drought-tolerant tree that produces long pods filled with hard black seeds surrounded by a white or pinkish pulp. This pulp has a slightly sweet flavor, whose taste I learned to enjoy...
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