Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is a sour and pungent fruit native to India. It is about the size and shape of a mini apple and is bright yellow-green when ripe. One amla has about 20 times the vitamin C of an orange. It is heavily used in Aryuvedic medicine as a laxative, anti-inflammatory and antacid. It is available at ethnic food stores in raw and powder form.
Consuming Fresh Amla
Wash your amla thoroughly with water.
Pit the amla with a knife and cut into small manageable pieces. Keep the skin on.
Eat alone or dip it in honey, since amla has a very sour taste.
Consuming Amla Powder
Warm 1 cup of milk on the stove.
Add 1 tsp. of amla powder and stir thoroughly with a spoon. Add 1 tsp of honey to taste.
Drink the mixture up to three times a day, depending on your need.
- "The Way of Herbs"; Michael Tierra; 1998
- "Green Remedies"; S. Suresh Babu, M. Madhavi; 2005