The product. Aonla (Emblica
officinalis Geartn), the king of arid fruits, popularly
known as “Indian gooseberry”, is a small-sized minor subtropical
fruit grown widely in North India. India ranks first in the world
in aonla area and production volume. It is considered to be a “wonder
fruit for health” because of its unique properties. Uses.
Aonla fruit is very useful in treating many diseases such as diabetes,
cough, asthma, bronchitis, headache, dyspepsia, colic, flatulence,
skin diseases, leprosy, jaundice, scurvy, diarrhea and cancer. Packaging.
Different packaging materials such as nylon net, perforated polyethylene bags,
ventilated corrugated fiber boxes, gunny bags, wooden crates, etc.,
can be used for prolonging the storage life of fruit. Storage.
Refrigerated storage helps in enhancing the storage life of fruit.
Value addition. There are numerous products such as aonla
squash, candy, jam, chutney, etc., which are prepared from aonla
fruit. Inclusion of these products in the diet definitely helps
in improving the nutritional value of Indian meals. Discussion.
The low cost of the products as well as good sensory, nutritional
and shelf life qualities mean that processed aonla products are
appropriate for commercialization. In order to obtain a good income
from aonla, it must be sold immediately in the market; if not, to
make profit, proper storage facilities should be available.