Tamarind Balls – The best reason to visit St. Kitts

27 Feb

Sorry, I feel like I have been neglecting all of you… but I was away for the weekend celebrating my 20th high school reunion aboard the Empress of the Seas, a weekend cruise that took us to St. Kitts and St. Maarten.  It was awesome to spend time with my school friends, some of whom I had not seen in over 10 years and have known for almost 32 years of my life.  I practically grew up with these people!!!

We visited St. Kitts as one of the stops in our journey… and my good friend Marly told me about Tamarind Balls.  This is a local sweet made with tamarind pulp, sugar, sometimes spices and even has the tamarind seed inside.  They’re tart and sweet, all in the same bite.  This is my kind of souvenir – not a t-shirt or a hat, a good sweet treat only made and found in this little Caribbean island.  My friend Marly discovered them because a cousin for her husband went to school in St. Kitts and used to bring them to them as gifts from the Island.  She tells me she has kept some for over a year in her fridge and they do not go bad.

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I bought them in a pharmacy – they were sitting right there amongst the traditional commercially made candy.  The lighter colored version is made with sugar and spices.  The darker ones are made only with sugar.  To my taste, they taste truer to a raw tamarind fruit.  They’re both good in their won little way.  They cost me about a $1 USD each.  I brought in about 10 packages – some for me, some to give as gifts…

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The beach was great – we went to Turtle Beach, with Nevis on the background.  I will not go into the details on how we got to Turtle Beach, but to me, the best reason to visit St Kitts, is for their Tamarind Balls.

5 comentarios to “Tamarind Balls – The best reason to visit St. Kitts”

  1. MJ febrero 27, 2008 a 3:59 pm #

    In Mexico we have very similar tamarind balls, plain, sugar and hot ones. They are very popular all over the country.

  2. Foodie Cutie febrero 27, 2008 a 5:04 pm #

    Hi there,
    I’m Southeast Asian and I used to looove eating these as a kid. They would come wrapped in a tube of cellophane. I love your blog btw. I’m not a vegetarian or vegan but I appreciate your lifestyle and your approach to cooking. Is it okay if I linked your blog to mine?

    http://foodiecutie.blogspot.com

  3. karmafreecooking febrero 27, 2008 a 6:45 pm #

    Foodie Cutie – Of course it’s OK to link this blog to yours… By the way… love your penguin pants!!

  4. Teresa febrero 28, 2008 a 2:18 am #

    I’m Vietnamese and these are bar none my favorite candy ever. Yum yum the kind sold in asian stores looks very much like the darker colored one and come in little plastic boxes for about 80cents. They even sell seedless ones, I’m partial to those because they are sticky and delicious!

    I have very fond memories eating these candies and watching care bears as a kid

  5. stamperoo agosto 8, 2009 a 7:38 pm #

    Tamarind balls are also really popular in Trinidad (where they’re casually called “Tamran balls”) and Jamaica (where they tend to be called “Tambrin balls”), too! I love these things!

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