Haritaki fruit is harvested from the large trees, Terminalia chebula, or Yellow Myrobalan, by climbing the trees and picking the green fruit.
The Haritaki fruit contains a nut inside a softer fleshy layer.
The layer is removed and the nut is then dried and stored.
Haritaki is then ground into powder and either shipped as powder or packaged into tablets or 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.
- English name is Chebulic Myrobalan
- Gujarathi name is Harade
- Tamil name is Kadukkai
- Hindi names are Harad or Harade
- Kannada name is Alale
- Arabian name is Haleelaz
- Telugu name is Karakkaya
- Farsi name is Haleel
- Tibetan name is A-ru-ra
- Sanskrit name is harītakī, which is similar to the Hindi name
- Gujarat name is Himmej
- Chinese name is 诃子 or he zi
- Assamese name is Xilikha
This link takes us to a deatiled description of Haritaki Fruit