I have tried Tamarind before as an ingredient in dishes, but I have never actually seen the real fruit. I wasn’t even sure it was edible uncooked. So, when I saw it sold in the shop, I had to try it. It turned out to be a very educational experience. The fruit is layered with multiple inedible seeds covered by sweet and sour pulp, inside a little cage in the hard-shell pod. The fruit variety I have is from Thailand, so it is more sweet than sour.
Following are the pictures of the closed pod, the pod half peeled and the seeds left over.