"Tamarindo - Popular Fruit in the Region" Santa Fe Local Custom Tip by mircaskirca

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When you visit Santa Fe de Antioquia, don't miss tamarindo, the beloved sweet and sour fruit popular in the region, one of the most cultivated by inhabitants and an important source of income. The fruit is longish, 12-15 cm in length, and covered in brown hard interior. It's high in acid, sugar, vitamin B and, interestingly for a fruit, calcium. The wooden stalls on Plaza Mayor are loaded with the fruit, as well cakes, candies and cookies made with tamarind from the surrounding valley. Pick up a pack from one of the vendors or try the tamarind juice that you can get almost everywhere in town.

With a bit of luck you can also attend the Fiestas de tamarindo (Festival of tamarind) which is held in the mid July. The festival takes place in the centre of the town. It consists of presentations of several folk groups with singing and dancing, orchestras, typical costumes and cuisine. At the end the local community chooses the Queen of tamarind.

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2010
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