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Amla Indian Gooseberry Phyllanthus Emblica Seeds
Packet of 15+ seeds of the glorious Phyllanthus emblica!
Often called Amla or Indian Gooseberry, it’s also know by a heap of other names such as Emblica officinalis, Emblic myrobalan, Alama, Amloki and even Amritphala, which is Sanskrit for “Fruit of heaven” or “Nectar fruit”. It has a great tangy taste eaten fresh, and even cooler, if you drink water after eating a couple, the normal bland water, tastes really sweet?
No idea why, but very cool none the less!
It has a Vitamin C content of 445 mg/100g, (The highest in the world by weight!) and extremely high levels of other Antioxidants and Ellagitannins like Emblicacin A (37%), Emblicanin B (33%), Punigluconin (12%) and Pedunculagin (14%). It also contains Punicafolin, Phyllanemblinin A and HEAPS of other goodies including other Polyphenols, Flavonoids, Kaempferol, Ellagic acid and even Gallic Acid!
I made some awesome relish and pickles from the fruit as well as eating way more than is recommended fresh. Folks say that if you eat a whole heap of them fresh uncooked, you will temporarily lose your voice, just for a couple hours or so. It’s the tannins or something?
Turns out that’s totally true…. (I did eat 20-30 one after another over about 15minutes….)
No noticed or reported effects on the larynx when cooked, and it was just a temporary effect which I have to admit was kinda cool.
Various parts of the plant have been used forever, and are still used today treat a range of diseases, but the most important and powerful part according to Ayurveda is the fruit. The fruit is used either alone or in combination with other plants to treat many ailments such as common cold, fever, as a diuretic, laxative, liver tonic, refrigerant, stomachic, restorative, alterative, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, hair tonic and baldness prevention, to prevent peptic ulcer and dyspepsia, and as a general digestive aid. Studies have shown that Alma possesses antipyretic, analgesic, antitussive, antiatherogenic, adaptogenic, cardioprotective, gastroprotective, antianemia, antihypercholesterolemia, wound healing, antidiarrheal, antiatherosclerotic, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, and neuroprotective properties.
It’s a cool looking little tree, it produces masses of fruit, the fruit taste great, it’s a traditional Ayurveda medicinal.
What more could you want?
Well worth having, and I have started 39 of them myself from these same seeds. (I planted 50 seeds in pots, watered and waited. Took 3-8weeks for them all to strike.)
*EDIT* These are fresh seeds from a friend of mine and strike rates were about the same. Mine are still not big enough to fruit yet unfortunately. 🙁