Amla is known as the Indian Gooseberry in English and is a very good source of Vitamin C and Fiber. It is used a lot in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for balancing the body and for aiding daily, gentle cleansing and detoxification. It is one of the ingredients in Triphala, Ayurveda’s most common herbal formulas. In it's natural form it is a light green in color and becomes a darker black when dried.
In India, amla a food super rich in anti-oxidants is used in a variety of ways, most commonly in its raw form as a fruit or in its easy to store dried form as this one. Many people also make a dried vegetable or pickle out of amla with a mix of spices and herbs. Although it's health benefits are immense it's taste is not for the faint hearted. Amla has a very strong distinct sour tangy flavor which you may have never tasted before. Often people make candies out of amla in order to make it easily palatable however once you get used to the natural amla flavor you will almost crave the nutritious, lemony, juicy flavor. Many companies in India also add amla as a key ingredient to their hair oils and it's known to be very beneficial for hair and body. Often people also juice the amla and drink a small portion as part of their daily routine.
Diabetics in India include amla as a key part of their diet in order to help manage their blood sugar. All of Amla's benefits are not merely here say but in fact proven with high quality scientific literature. Refer to this research done hundreds others done by the scientific community on amla's role as a super food in Indian culture https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21317655
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