Also Known as
Gooseberry, Indian Gooseberry, amalaka, amala, amlaki
Amla is a round shaped, vertical striped fibrous fruit of the deciduous tree "Euphorbiaceae" found mainly in India. It is greenish yellow in color and tastes sour.
Amla can be chopped and consumed by itself. They can also be used to make achaar and pickles.
How to select
Grated amla is widely used to make murabbas and pickles.
Ensure that the fruit is clear and free of any patches or cuts. It should have a round shape with vertical stripes. Ensure it is greenish yellow in colour and a has a smooth rind. Culinary Uses
1. It is majorly used in preparation of spicy pickles and murrabas.
2. It can also be consumed in the form of freshly prepared amla juice.
3. It is dried and then powdered to make amla powder. Health conscious can add amla to their diet in this form in preparations of health drinks etc.
4. Freshly sliced amla can be stewed in sugar syrup and then used as a topping for fruit tarts, cakes, cheesecakes etc.
5. Amla is processed into syrups and crushes which are commonly used in many mocktails.How to Store
Place the fresh fruit in a zip lock bag or an airlock bag and store in the refrigerator.Health Benefits
1. Amla is rich in natural vitamin C. The high content of vitamin C helps to boost the functioning of the immune system of the body and thereby helps in preventing a wide range of diseases.
2. Amla is therefore included in most of the ayurvedic tonics as a general ingredient. It finds importance as the main ingredient in Chyavanprash. It is also used along with several other herbs as an ayurvedic tonic.
3. Apart from Vitamin C, the fresh fruit contains more than 80% of water besides protein, carbohydrates, fibre, minerals and vitamins Minerals and vitamins mainly include calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene and Vitamin B complex. These minerals help in maintaining proper functioning of the metabolic activities of the body.
4. It has cooling, diuretic and laxative properties. It helps in cleansing the mouth, and strengthens teeth and bones. The dried Amla fruit is useful in the treatment of Hemorrhage, diarrhea, constipation, piles and dysentery.
5. It also has antibacterial properties and helps in preventing infections and healing ulcers.
6. Amla has cell rejuvenating properties and therefore used in maintaining good health of skin and hair. I t is widely used in preparation of hair shampoos. Amla helps to keep the hair glossy and shining. It also helps to prevent dandruff.
7. Amla also helps to prevent respiratory disorders such as common cold, bronchitis, and other respiratory tract infections.
8. It aids in improving body weight. Thus it is known to give an anabolic effect in the body.