Indian Gooseberry is in English name for Amla. It is a tree that bears small fruits and is native to India. Each small berry has twice as much vitamin C as an orange and is used in many natural medicines to cure such things as pulmonary tuberculosis and the common cold. It is also used to make Amla hair oil, which is suppose to nourish hair and help encourage new growth. To harvest Indian Gooseberry fruits, carefully hand pick the ripe fruits. In large trees, you can either climb to the top, use a ladder or use a pole with a hook to harvest. After harvesting, place fresh fruits in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Wait until the tree begins to bear fruit, typically seven to eight years after planting. You may see fruits after five years.
Allow the fruits to turn a dull yellow-green color. They will be light green at first, but are not yet mature enough to harvest.
Harvest the fruits in February. Some Indian Gooseberries in warmer climates can be harvested all year long--so long as the fruits are a dull yellow-green color. In most areas, February is typically the time when the fruits are most prime for harvesting. Continue to harvest as the fruits ripen.