Amla are large, spherical berries with pale green skin. The Amla appears to be segmented due to the skin's nearly translucent appearance and six to eight light yellow striations. The meat is crisp and juicy with a sour and bitter flavor, and the skin is tough yet thin. Amla fruit flesh has a mild astringent flavor as well. A stone with six tiny seeds in it that has a hexagonal form sits in the center of the fruit.
Amla can be consumed raw, although the bitter flavor is best balanced with a dash of salt. Before cooking, soak the berries in salt water to remove their bitter flavor. The Indian gooseberry has both sweet and savory uses and is frequently used in pickles and chutneys in India. Amla Murabba is a tasty fruit.