Joys of Picking Tamarind
--by guin, posted Jun 8, 2007
There is a big tree in my house where several kilograms of tamarind are available during the right season.
Since tamarind is staple food for the South Indian diet, many poor people collect fallen tamarind fruit and dry it to preserve it for the next year. That way they don't need to buy it from the shops. Unlike other houses that have tamarind trees, my parents never shoo away the tamarind pickers from our house. In fact, several urchin children come to my house too and they happily collect the tasty fallen tamarind and nibble them like candy.
It's almost become a kind of tradition. I even remember my grandfather actually opening the gate for the street children to pick tamarind!
The other day, my mother called an old lady who had come near our gate to discreetly pick tamarind. My father looked aghast, thinking that she was calling the old lady to tell her not to pick the fruit. It turned out that my mom had collected a heap of tamarind that would have otherwise been crushed by the tires of a car, and was calling her to hand it over.
The lady left looking pleased as you could be. Sometimes all is takes is a little bit of tamarind.
God bless you!!!