The leaves are often mistaken for leaflets of pinnate leaves. Amla flowers are small, greenish-yellow or pinkish. The flowers have six segments, but no real petals. The fruit is nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with 6 vertical stripes or furrows.
Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand after climbing to upper branches bearing the fruits.
Planting and care
Amla is a subtropical plant and prefers dry subtropical climate. Even mild frost during the winter months can be injurious to the tree. Though it can bear temperature up to 46 C during summer months, the temperature should not be high at the time of flowering.
Caring for Amla
- During summer, the plants should be mulched with paddy or wheat straws.
- Drip irrigation yield better results.
- Water a plant when the soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering for the winter & rainy season.
- You should prune and fertilize a plant mostly in the spring season.
Typical uses of Amla
Special features: High antioxidant content fruit
Culinary use: Amla is used in sauces, candy, dried chips, pickle, jellies and powder.
Medicinal use: Used in many ayurvedic and pharmaceutical preparations.
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