IntroductionMany of us have heard from our mothers and grandmothers that amalaki is a fruit rich in vitamin C. Many of our grandmothers used to boil amalaki flakes for quite a while. After the flakes got softened a bit, they used to dry them in schorching sunlight. We used to call them "mukhshuddhi" in our childhood. When I am writing about amalaki, a lot of such childhood memories flash by. It is no doubt that amalaki has a lot medicinal values. Before going into that, let us go through some biological aspects about amalaki.
Certain biological and other facts about amalakiAmalaki tree is a deciduous tree. It got its name due to its sour nature. Amalaki is also called "amla" in Hindi, which means sour taste. Although autumn is the right time harvesting the ripe amalakis, you will find amalakis round the year in the fruit shops. These days science and technology help in ripening fruits much before their actual time. It is rich in vitamins and is a common ingredient in many Ayurveda medicines and hair oils.
You can consume a ripe amalaki directly or you can have it with salt and pepper. Both are equally good for the body. Amalaki's murabba is a very nice and sweet preparation by our grandmothers. You can eat it without any other dish since Amalakai murabba is a standalone tasty delicacy. Some people prefer to eat it with hot chapattis. Amalaki juice is very good for health too. Those who do not like the sour taste of amalaki love to drink its juice with sugar and pepper.
Medicinal values of amalaki
ConclusionIn conclusion, I would like to say that amalakis are the cheapest form of medicine we can get. If you go to the market, then you will find that 1kg of amalakis cost 1/4th the price of most other fruits. But this does not take away the immense amount of medical benefits it has. Ayurveda recognized the importance of amalaki many years ago. It's about time, that we realize the same too.