The Origins of Tamarind Wood
Tamarind wood is also known as Assam wood, which is widely cultivated throughout tropical regions for its sweet-sourish fruit pulp known tamarind or ‘assam’, which is most widely used in Southeast Asian and Indian cuisine. The botanical name for Tamarind tree is Tamarindus indica, native to tropical East Africa. The tree grows wild throughout the Sudan and was so long ago introduced into and adopted in India that it has often been reported as indigenous there also. Of all the fruit trees of the tropics, none is neither more widely distributed nor more appreciated as an ornamental than the tamarind, Tamarindus indica L. (syns. T. occidentalis Gaertn.; T. officinalis Hook.), of the family Leguminosae. Most of its colloquial names are variations on the common English term. In Spanish and Portuguese, it is tamarindo; in French, tamarin, tamarinier, tamarinier des Indes, or tamarindier; in Dutch and German, tamarinde; in Italian, tamarandizio; in Papiamiento of the Lesser Antilles, tamarijn. In the Virgin Islands, it is sometimes called taman; in the Philippines, sampalok or various other dialectal names; in Malaya, asam jawa; in India, it is tamarind or ambli, imli, chinch, etc.; in Cambodia, it is ampil or khoua me; in Laos, mak kham; in Thailand, ma-kharm; in Vietnam, me. The name “tamarind” with a qualifying adjective is often applied to other members of the family Leguminosae having somewhat similar foliage. The Genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon which means have only a single species. Tamarind tree is a slow-growing, long-lived and with massive tree reaches. Under favorable conditions, the tree can reach a height of 24 meter and a trunk diameter of 1.2 meter. The tree is one that grows extremely well when exposed to the direct sun. It has evergreen leaves which are pinnately lobed and alternately arranged. Tamarind is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Tamarind Wood Durability
Tamarind wood is a hardwood with high wood density and interlocked wood grains. It used to make furniture, carvings, pestles and mortars ,turned objects, chopping blocks, and other small specialty wood items. With its toughness and special colour tone of the wood grains different from the others, Tamarind wood is great choice of wood to create a unique statement piece of furniture in your home. Plantation tamarind trees don’t grow big, they are usually saucer size diameter, and it is extremely rare to find a wild tamarind tree that is suitable for a single wood slab dining table size
Colour and Texture of Tamarind Wood
The heartwood of Tamarind wood is usually dark reddish brown to a purplish hue that tends to be narrow and is usually only present in older and larger trees. The heartwood is very hard, heavy, strong, durable and has good decay resistance properties and is also resistant to insects. The pale yellow sapwood is very wide and sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Spalting and other discoloration are very common in the sapwood, creates dark-colored veins, transforming even the smallest blank into a unique work of art.
Affordable Tamarind Wood Furniture In Singapore
SG Home Furniture provide affordable Tamarind wood furniture in Singapore at direct factory prices. We only use kiln-dried Tamarind wood material for our furniture production. Our popular Tamarind wood furniture in Singapore includes Tamarind wood dining table and bench .