Fruits of the season. Our region abounds in sour fruit. One of the winter fruits available now is the Indian gooseberry/Phyllanthus emblica locally known as amloki. The small container in the foreground shows the flesh and the seed. The fruit is reputed to have the highest content of vitamin C of any natural occurring substances in nature.
Amla, as it is known throughout India, grows on a medium-sized tree with small feather-like leaves. It has gnarled trunks and spreading branches. The tree is common throughout the subcontinent, except in the arid regions. The flowers bloom from March-May and the fruit ripens in the cooler season.The fruit which is fleshy and acidic is made into pickles and preserves. As children I have many happy memories of picking the fruit in winter along with my cousins and siblings and relishing that very acidity with chillies and salt. I don’t think I can be that brave now.:)
Amla hair oil and shampoos are traditionally believed to nourish the hair and scalp and prevent premature greying.
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