Passionate Producer Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces
We are proud to include a wonderful Australian brand to our online store - Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces - manufacturers of authentic Indian curry pastes, marinades, pickles and chutneys.
So where did the inspiration for Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces originate? A benevolent tree stands proudly in the village of Vasai where John Ger, the founder of Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces, grew up north of Mumbai on the coast of the Arabian Sea. Together with its relatives, for hundreds of years it has provided shade from the hot Indian summer to children playing games, while offering cool respite to their reclining elders and listened silently to the wisdom in stories passed from generation to generation. The tamarind tree holds many secrets.
When the tamarind fruit ripened, Joh and his friends would harvest the pods, shell and deseed them with help from the indigenous Warli people who work with his family. His grandparents and other elderly relatives would knead the sticky fruit with salt and seal the pulp in clay pots to mature. Like wine, tamarind gets better with age. The stored tamarind is then soaked in water to liberate the interned flavours. The resulting paste provides tartness to curries and sauces essential to fish and other seafood dishes.
Beneath its bold taste, tamarind hides its secrets. It is reported to have health benefits with promising findings in the fight against obesity, diabetes and cancer. But its efficacy as an antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial agent is why it is used as a natural preservative in Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces.
John’s cooking is inspired by a childhood under the tamarind tree in Vasai where his grandfather would share his passion for food and it would lay the foundations of a life’s work. After training in hospitality and kitchen management his career began at the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai. From there he travelled the world from London to Melbourne to become an accomplished chef trained in classical French, Italian and Indian cuisine. For 22 years he served the finest Indian cuisine to Melbourne’s curry aficionados and now he brings everyone the fresh, authentic flavours of India through Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces.
Using only the finest spices, preserved naturally and combined lovingly, the secrets in these sauces have journeyed the generations of his family.
Links back to Mumbai & Vasai – the Pascal Zuzu Ger Scholarship
Through his father, John learnt the importance of helping those less fortunate. He believes that through education, the underprivileged can change the future so, in his father’s memory, he and his siblings established the Pascal Zuzu Ger Scholarship. The scholarship trust helps educate girls in particular to train as teachers and nurses. So far, six young women from Vasai (the Ger family’s home town in India) have received scholarship support to create a brighter future.
Thank you for choosing to support artisan producers like Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces and Let’s all get inspired to cook and ENJOY!