The tamarind tree has long been naturalized in the East Indies and the Pacific islands. According to a survey in 1797, the tree was first planted in Hawaii. It commonly grows in Asian countries, including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia, and also in some parts of the African and American continents. The tree was first introduced to India, and then to Persia and Arabia. In 4 BC, the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks are known to have used the fruit as an edible component, the bark for household woodwork, and the leaves as a cure for many ailments.
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