A couple days ago I took up the mission, once again, of trying every flavor fruit juice possible while I'm here. Since I went to a smaller store for my groceries the other day, my selection was limited to strawberry (fresa), orange (naranjo), or tamarindo (tamarind). And while the deep pink strawberry jug and sunny orange jug were tempting, I settled on the decidedly less appetizing murky brown jug of tamarindo. I was being daring ok! And after the grapefruit mishap, I was sure that my next selection couldn't possibly be worse. Still, the brownish color was throwing me off and so when I unpacked my groceries at home, I threw it in the back of the fridge..not quite as enthusiastic to try it as I had been about my first juice purchase. And there it remained, nearly forgotten, until about 10:00 p.m. last night, when searching for something to satisfy a late night craving, I spotted the mystery juice. Hesitantly, very hesitantly, I unscrewed the lid and took a sip. And... It. Was. Out. Of. This. World. Seriously, it was like my mouth had never experienced true flavor until this moment. All at once sweet and sour and tangy and ice cold. It was just what I needed for my sweet tooth and I promptly downed half the jug. Why had nobody told me about this magical juice before!? And why wasn't it flying off the shelves? How could the rest of the world not be going mad over this intriguingly delicious flavor?!
The next day I discovered my answer. It seems tamarind is magical in more ways than one, and is apparently a natural "cleanser." Drinking half of the jug was not my best idea.... live and learn :/
Side note: Tamarind is actually a pod. To make the juice, you simply crack the pod and soak the "fruit" in water for a couple hours, where it will start to dissolve. Then strain, stir in some sugar (as it can be quite sour), and refrigerate :)