Star gooseberry (Phyllanthus acidus) is a crisp, sour juicy edible fruit. It is an intermediary between a shrub and tree, reaching 2 to 9 m high. The tree’s dense and bushy crown is composed of thickish, tough main branches, at the end of which are clusters of deciduous, greenish, 15-to-30-cm long branchlets. Its juicy pulp of firm consistency is very acidic. The core contains 4 to 6 small seeds. The plant has wide range of its use from culinary, medicinal to criminal poisoning.
- Star gooseberry is a small tree or shrub that can grow up to 8 meters (26 feet) in height. It has a thin, gray-brown bark and feathery foliage that is light green in color.
- The star gooseberries are small ribbed fruits that measure about 2.5 cm in diameter.
- The fruit of star gooseberry is small, round, and green in color, with a five-pointed star shape on the bottom.
- The fruit has a tart, tangy flavor and is used in a variety of culinary dishes.
- Blood purifier and appetite stimulant.
- Rich in antioxidants
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Promotes liver health
- Supports digestive health
- Antimicrobial properties
- Potential anti-cancer properties
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