What is Indian Gooseberry? Indian Gooseberries (also known as Alma Berries, from the Sanskrit Amalaki) are the fruit of the sacred Phyllanthus emblica, a deciduous tree native to India. In Hindu mythology the fruits are said to have originated when drops of Amrit were accidentally spilled on Earth. Amrit or ‘soma’ was the drink which gave the gods immortality.
Nutritional Benefits Alma is one of the most important and widely used fruits in Ayurveda. It is used as a rasayana (rejuvenator), for balancing the three doshas, and is one of the 3 fruits in the detoxifying formula Triphala. The nourishing berry is one of the World’s richest sources of natural Vitamin C, with 20 times more than an orange. It has very high concentrations of antioxidants, polyphenols, bioflavonoids, flavones and carotenes. Contains calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese.
How to use In Indian cuisine, the Gooseberry is eaten raw, cooked into curries and pickled. Berries are bitter in taste so the powder is best eaten with something sweet. Mix 1-2 teaspoons a day with yoghurt, honey, fruit juice, or add a tart twist to your morning smoothie. Gooseberry powder can also be used as a strengthening ingredient in natural face creams, shampoos and hair oils.