Velvet tamarind


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A West African leguminous tree (Codarium acutifolium).
One of the small black velvety pods, which are used for food in Sierra Leone.

See also: Tamarind, Tamarind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The African black velvet tamarind (known in Ghana as Yooyi) is quite popular among the countries of the West African sub-region, like Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau.
Black velvet tamarind has a high percentage of carbohydrate as you'd expect, and protein in smaller quantities.
The black velvet tamarind is also rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
Velvet tamarind (dialium guineense) commonly known as 'icheku'in igbo, 'awin' in yoruba and 'tsamiyar- kurm' in hausa, and 'Yooyi' in Ghana, is a woody plant that occurs in the rain forest region of west Africa.
Different parts of velvet tamarind plant have been scientifically proven to offer a wide range of health benefits, some of them are explained below:
The leave extract of velvet tamarind has the ability to increase gastric mucus secretion.
A decoction of velvet tamarind leaves is used in preparing medicinal solution for curing jaundice.
A study performed on ethanolic leaves extract of velvet tamarind showed it to be beneficial for pile treatment.
Tender leaves of velvet tamarind, when squeezed and applied on wounds, stimulates the growth of healthy skin and protects the wounds against germs and moisture.