English/ Common name- Indian Gooseberry, Hill gooseberry, Amla

Local name- ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ನೆಲ್ಲಿ (Bettada Nelli)

Botanical name- Phyllanthus Emblica

Appearance- The gooseberry tree is a deeply lobed, dark green leaf and produces bell-shaped flowers and green/ yellow berries approximately 1 inch long containing 1 big seed cover with many seeds inside. These trees live very long growing up to 10 feet tall and 1.5m wide and producing a crop of fruit each spring.

Origin- The gooseberry is smaller than other similar species and is native to South Asia and other neighbouring regions.

Conditions required for growth- Gooseberries grow best in cool, moist locations and can be damaged by intense summer heat. It grows best in sandy loams which are rich in organic matter with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Gooseberry can be grown in partial shade but it is essential that the plants have good air circulation around them to prevent the development of diseases. Gooseberry has a tolerance to cold and light frost but can bring damage to flower buds.

Uses- Gooseberries can be eaten fresh or used as an ingredient in other foods such as desserts and jams or can be used as a drink such as tea or juice. The fruit can also be used as an ingredient for pickling. They are also used to flavour beverages such as sodas, flavoured water, or milk and can be made into fruit wines and teas. They can be preserved in the forms of jams or dried fruits. It is known as a miracle food for diabetes as it can control blood sugar levels and promote healthy weight loss and slow down ageing. It boosts our immune system and detoxifies our body.

Common remedies-
Ayurveda recommends amla, in the treatment of diabetes, as it is filled with vitamin C and builds up the suitable performance of pancreases. (Part of the tree used - Fruit)

  • Take out the seeds from 2-3 amlas and make a paste of it by blending it in a mixer grinder or using a hand grinder with little water for easing grinding. Obtain the juice by setting the paste in cloth. Blend this juice in 200ml water (warm is preferred) and take it in the morning (an empty stomach) daily.

 

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