Haritaki Fruit Benefits

Haritaki fruit is harvested from the large trees, Terminalia chebula, or Yellow Myrobalan, by climbing the trees and picking the green fruit.

Haritaki tree with fruit

 

The Haritaki fruit contains a nut inside a  softer fleshy layer.

haritaki fruit that make up the Yogic Super Food
Haritaki fruit just after harvest,that make up the Yogic Super Food

The layer is removed and the nut is then dried and stored.

Haritaki fruit before drying
Haritaki fruit before drying

Haritaki is then ground into powder and either shipped as powder or packaged into tablets or capsules.

Haritaki powder from haritaki fruit, before packaging into capsules
Haritaki powder from haritaki fruit, before packaging into capsules

Capsules can be ordered as vegi caps or non vegi caps. Tablets in general are not was well digested as capsules, so capsules are my recommendation to take.

The powder itself is very strong and bitter in flavor, and I do not recommend taking it unless you have a strong will, or love extraordinary bitterness taste.

We find that the Haritaki Fruit has different names in different parts of the world. This is a list we have compiled:

The Latin botanical name given is Terminalia chebula. The family is the Combretaceae family.

  1. English name is Chebulic Myrobalan
  2. Gujarathi name is Harade
  3. Tamil name is Kadukkai
  4. Hindi names are Harad or Harade
  5. Kannada name is Alale
  6. Arabian name is Haleelaz
  7. Telugu name is Karakkaya
  8. Farsi name is Haleel
  9. Tibetan name is A-ru-ra
  10. Sanskrit name is harītakī, which is similar to the Hindi name
  11. Gujarat name is Himmej
  12. Chinese name is 诃子 or he zi
  13. Assamese name is Xilikha

 

This link takes us to a deatiled description of Haritaki Fruit

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