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Phyllanthus acidus, Phyllanthus distichus, Otaheite Gooseberry, Amlak, Grosella, Gooseberry tree

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 Phyllanthus acidus, Phyllanthus distichus
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Otaheite Gooseberry, Amlak, Grosella, Gooseberry tree
Origin: South Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterEdible

Small tropical tree, to 20 feet, leaves are compound with numerous pinnate leaflets. Fruits are borne in loose clusters, which hang from the tree trunk and main branches. Individual fruits are up to 0.75 inch in diameter, near globose and angled. Fruits are generally too tart for fresh eating but are esteemed for jellies, preserves and pastries. They ripen in midsummer. There are no commercial plantings; but trees are in home gardens, and fruit is harvested from naturalized trees.

Phyllanthus acidus is called Ari Nelli in Tamil, and the Phyllanthus emblica (Amlaki) is Muzhu Nelli in Tamil. Muzhu Nelli is even richer in Vitamin C etc.


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Stella Beard
Jacksonville
USDA Zone:9
30 Jan 2018
I have 2 trees, started from seeds, for about 3 years now, but no fruits. I grow them in large pots and put them in my greenhouse in the winter.
Glad to see you are carrying the plants now.
Heather
Punta Gorda, FL, USA
USDA Zone:9
26 Aug 2015
When does it start to flower? I have one that is about 5' tall and is growing fairly fast, but no flowers or fruit. Been using a basic fruit tree fertilizer on it.
veronica ku
wilson,nc 27896
USDA Zone:278
24 Aug 2014
How is the shipping on this plant?
suriati bt mohd nasir
shah alam
1 Feb 2012
salam,hi,im doing research about antioxidant on this plant(fruit),anyone can help me to find journal article please inbox me as soon as possible..i just have 2-3 journals..
alka
FL,USA
USDA Zone:10a
4 Aug 2010
I have known this plant from India. The fruit has lot of medicinal uses. Fruit is bitter sour and very astringent. The pulp is extracted either in segments or grated and then dried. Candied fruit is used most of the times.Make sure to remove seed along with the pits.Powdered pulp is used for hair conditioning. Fruit has very high vitamin c content and often used for improving eyesight and memory and preventive action against Diabetes in India.Water tastes sweet after you consume the fruit(unsweetened).
It is a moderately slow growing tree and may take 8 or more years to start producing fruit.A pretty looking tree.
maria ramos
st cloud florida
USDA Zone:9
23 Apr 2010
Can this tree survive in zone 9?
Adrian
NYC
USDA Zone:7
8 Sep 2009
Does anyone know where I can find this plant?
Joann
Spring Lake
USDA Zone:NC
29 Jun 2009
Pickled lol ew! This fruit is best eaten candied, and if you like sour then fresh off the tree will do. I can't imagine how they would taste pickled,Lol! they are so sour!
Mmy mother used to make a delicious recipe with them.
Where can I purchase a tree or seeds or the fresh fruit itself?
Jeff Davidson
Naples, Florida, USA
USDA Zone:10
24 Oct 2008
I am excited you have this tree. I havn't seen it anywhere else. I grew up eating these from my Grandmothers tree in Everglades City. Fl. The tree is still there (about 35 years old). There are others in the area. Locals called them Gooseberries. I like them as a fresh fruit but they are tart with a slight bitter taste. I'm sure it is an aquired taste for a newbie. I love this tree and hope to visit you soon to pick one up.

Thanks Jeff Davidson
ct
malaysia
11 Oct 2008
hi,
im also interested on this plant. i will do a research on the antioxidant content of this plant next year due to high it higher ascorbic acid content....
vjiang
san jose,CA,USA
USDA Zone:10
4 Sep 2008
Hi,
I have this plant in my back yard for 3 years now. Its lived though the winter time, but it bears no fruit at all. I wonder if I was using the wrong fertilizer.
kim
florida
31 Jul 2008
hi i would really like to get a plant of this goosberry how soon will u have them
hayati
Malaysia
28 Feb 2006
This plant is locally known as 'Cermai'
best eaten pickled
roopa
houston,tx,usa
19 Nov 2004
Hi,

I am interested this plant ( indian Gooseberry tree). Do u have this now. Let me know your comments.


Thanks,


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Phyllanthus acidus - Otaheite Gooseberry, Amlak - is very close related to Phyllanthus emblica (Amla, Amlaki), however it is much hardier plant. Known as amritphala in Sanskrit, which literally means the fruit of heaven or nectar fruit. It is so called because it is rich in many desirable properties, including medicinal.
Small to medium in size tree. Small tropical tree, to 20 feet. Fruits are borne in loose clusters, which hang from the tree trunk and main branches. Fruits are generally too tart for fresh eating but are esteemed for jellies, preserves and pastries. There are no commercial plantings; only in home gardens.
Amla fruit paste is a major ingredient of Chavyanprash, a popular Ayurvedic tonic. It is the richest source of vitamin C. Phyllanthus acidus is called Ari Nelli in Tamil, and the Phyllanthus emblica (Amlaki) is Muzhu Nelli in Tamil. Muzhu Nelli is even richer in Vitamin C etc.
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