The Amla or Indian Gooseberry is a small leafy tree that grows throughout India and bears an edible fruit. This fruit is highly prized both for its high vitamin C content and for the precious oil, which is extracted from its seeds and pulp and used as a treatment for hair and scalp problems. The amla fruit is often referred to as the "Indian Gooseberry" because of its edible, very tart taste. It is also very high in pectin making it ideal for jam and chutneys. The tree begins to yield fruit from the third year onwards and the productivity levels are good. Another common use of this fruit is in medicines and tonics since it is extremely rich in vitamin C. In fact, it is documented that the amla fruit, on a per kilo basis, is the world's richest source of vitamin C. "Amla oil" is prepared from dried amla berries, which have been soaked in coconut oil for several days in order to extract the oil soluble vitamins from the fruit. This oil is one of the world's oldest, natural hair conditioners renown for rejuvenating hair that is dull and damaged.
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1+ Beneficial (cross pollination helps with fruit set)
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Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)
Drought Hardy (Little Watering)
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No (Full Size)
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Sun or Shade
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June, July, August, September, October
Customer Comments on Amla
There has been interesting research into Amla as a diabetes treatment. | Jodie Thomson - Coburg, VIC 14-Jan-2015
It is highly used in aruvedic medic and cures many things a rich antioxidant highest form of vitamin C I want to buy a plant where from? | Theresa - Whitebridge, NSW 19-Nov-2013
Research in the US has shown that Amla does not contain any Vit. C . It is the polyphenols (tanins) that give the taste. | Mohan Udiavar - Sydney, NSW 14-Apr-2013
Amla is very rich in Vitamin C and keeps immune system good. Can be made a drink with water as refreshing drink with bit of salt and balc pepper. Taken more than one glass will clean the stomach as well - severe loose motions | Parminder - Bathurst, NSW 03-Oct-2010
This is drought tollarant hardy plant.Minimum water in hot summer will keep it going! | Dr.ganesh Bhat - Perth, WA 31-Oct-2008
Bark of amla is used for purification water | Anu - Trivandrum, KERAL 17-Jul-2008
Amla is also found in Nepal but it is called amala. | Pratistha Pyakurel - Kathmandu, NEPAL 30-Nov-2005
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