Tamarind, known in Thai as "makaam", is one of the most important ingredients in Thai cuisine. It is a staple in every Thai kitchen, and it plays a key role in popular dishes such as pad thai and papaya salad. Many people cook with this strange-looking pod, but perhaps few know what the fruit actually looks like or how that brown liquid in the jar was made! I also get a lot of questions about tamarind in general, so here's a video to hopefully tackle them all. In this video I talk about everything you need to know, from what the fruit looks like, how to eat a fresh tamarind, how to buy cooking tamarind, how to store it, and how to use it. If you still have unanswered questions, please feel free to let me know!