TAMARIND FLOWERS: Great Idea Waiting To Be Tapped

The late Dr. Benito S. Vergara, national scientist, had mentioned a great idea he had hoped someone would do something about. The idea was mentioned in his Terminal Report of the five-year research project titled “Collection, Propagation, Evaluation and Utilization of Some Marketable Fruits and Spices” funded by PCAARRD, DA-BAR and Mama Sita Fouindation from 2007 to 2011.

We quote: “We had a great idea on tamarind and hopefully an undergraduate or graduate student will take up the challenge. We would like to grow the sour tamarind as a hedge for ease of harvesting and collecting only the flowers. We need the correct growth regulators and the growth stages of the tamarind to spray/pour the growth regulator to induce flowering. We can then collect the flowers and dehydrate them for instant spices. Maybe we can have the tamarind bear flower several times a year. The sinigang with ‘sampalok flower’ is the ultimate spice for making the sinigang soup.”

What Dr. Vergara meant about growth regulator is Paclo or Paclobutrazole. Maybe, somebody should really take up the challenge. We have heard about an enterprising guy in Bulacan. He grows tamarind as dwarf trees through drastic pruning. He harvests the young leaves and sells them in the mark

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