Shopping in a fresh herbs and spices store, I purchased a couple tamarind pods to see what they tasted like. Weighing nothing, they didn't charge me at check out.
I Googled to see where the spice was. It was the pulp and read the instructions how to get the pulp. I scraped the seeds and got about a tablespoon of the gooey pulp. The tamarind was in pod form in a huge bin, sold in bulk. (Someone buying the tamarind in this raw state must have to go through a lot of work to get enough to use.)
I see it's available as blocks online.
What a distinctive flavor.
What are some of your uses for tamarind?