Everyone knows that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Even the grammar books, Wren and Martin, in particular, used to reiterate that fact.
Few people know about the goodness of amla. Sigh! In this world, PR is everything.
The truth is that this small fruit is a nutrient-rich powerhouse; it is an excellent source of Vitamin C and is high is antioxidants, thereby helping to prevent cancer. Regular intake of amla enhances the body’s immunity, aids in digestion, enabling the body to assimilate nutrients from the food we eat, and strengthens the liver. Amla is also good for the hair, skin, bones, teeth and nails. Do you need more convincing?
Amla helps to flush out the toxins from the urinary bladder. It helps to nourish the brain and strengthen the functioning of the liver, the heart and the lungs. It helps the body to produce more red blood cells, prevents constipation and increases vitality.
Having been a proponent of amla eating for years, I have in recent times become something of an amla evangelist. I love eating amla in the raw form and am always trying to convince others to do so too. In spite of all my advocacy, I failed to get my kids, known on my blog as La Niña and El Niño, to eat the amla. Then a friend told me about amla candy, and shared her recipe with me. I tried it successfully and now I have the satisfaction of seeing my kids eat amla regularly.
Incidentally, October and November is when the fruit is in season. So I ensure that I make sufficient quantity of amla candy for my family to enjoy all through the year.
Yesterday while going home, I saw a woman sitting just outside the railway station with a large basket filled with amla in front of her. One of these days, I shall make the coming year’s stock of amla candy. Meanwhile, you can read my doodled recipe and try your hand at it too.