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    Tamarind seeds

    Can they be germinated?? They are hard like stones, so I'm pretty sure you'd need some kind of trick to get them started- scarification?? probably hot, wet stratification?? And if they DO grow, what then??

    Someone asked me and I drew a total blank, but I like the fruit and if I could grow some I would enjoy it I think, so I ask their question here for the greater good of sweet and sour lovers everywhere- thanks for reading!!

    PS the seeds come free with the food so I'm not too worried about wasting them, they just get thrown out anyways
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    Is this those tamarindo pods they sell at the grocery store?

    You like those?

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    Yes, yes I do

    And I can say that I've found they are likely gonna be a REAL pain to try and grow where I live... the fruits take around 300 days to mature.... the coldest temp they like is apparently 18 C

    I might try them but I doubt they'll go too well- anyone have experience that might suggest otherwise??
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    Mature tamarind trees are about 10 meters tall, so it might be difficult growing them indoors, or even in a greenhouse. You might be able to control the growth of a plant and keep it small, but I don't know how productive it would be. I'm surprised you can get tamarind seeds at the store in Ontario. Is there an Asian population there?

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    They have them in the hispanic food section over here in georgia.

    Personally I like those cactus fruit. I could eat those all day. And leches!

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    I'm not sure what those seeds look like, but, I've heard if you can scratch (shave off) some of the hard coating of tough seed coats germination is easier.

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    Tropics- I read that they can get up to 100' tall and 40+ wide, I basically plan on "bonsai or bust" And yes, lol, we are a pretty multicultural area- I have a middle eastern specialty food store, a few Chinese food stores (they actually sell bottles of pickled guppies and stuff like that, CRAZY range of products) and a Phillipino grocery mart all within walking distance- there's an Indian one somewheres about but the most convenient one closed a few years ago. It's pretty easy to find just about anything (only "spice" I still can't re-locate is fenugreek seed, what a shame)

    JLAP -Lyshee nuts are tasty but the odd resemblance to eyeballs creeps me out too much to properly enjoy 'em

    Zappafan- I am definitely going to try a bit of "scarification", with a few different things- IF I get any results I will post what worked for me, thanks for the replies!!
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