About the plant
A member of the spurge (Euphorbiaceae) family, Phyllanthus emblica (Nelli) is one of the oldest and best-known fruits in the whole of Asia.
For millennia, Nelli has been consumed by disciples of Ayurveda both as a rejuvenant and as a cure-all to maintain health, boost vitality and improve performance. ‘Nelli’ is the affectionate name given to this 5000-year-old traditional medicinal plant by the indigenous population of Sri Lanka.
In the mid-1990s, scientists began to cultivate the nutritionally rich fruits in Sri Lanka’s tropical climate in mixed cultures with other native plants under ecological conditions.