Photographs by Kadambini Panse
New leaves and blossoms on the Awla tree (Indian Gooseberry). It is a wonderful, stately tree. Very useful from the dietary and medicinal point of view too. Here are some of the things we do with the Awla fruit -
- Make sarbat (juice).
- Make loncha (pickle).
- Make morawla (jam).
- Make chutney.
- Make supari.
- Add to shikakai (for hair shampooing).
- Make triphala churna (ayurvedic medicine).
When the tree was a lot smaller, a chum of mine caught his ear on one of its branches and he bled a lot. I don't know why I'm mentioning it, except I just remembered how fascinated we were with the bright red blood and how hard he tried, fueled by our fascination, to not burst into tears.