The taste of Indian gooseberry is a bit sour, bitter and astringent; and quite fibrous. The ripe fruits can be eaten raw. Drinking water after eaten this fruit gives a pleasant sweetening effect to the mouth for few minutes, and so it makes to drink more water.
It is common sometime, to eat gooseberries steeped in salt water and turmeric because of the sourness of the fruit. These fruits are also used for making preserves and pickle. And also they are used in several ayurvedic medicinal preparations, hairwash powders, hair oils etc. These fruits is a very rich source of vitamin C.
Indian gooseberry fruit is called as amla, amlaki and Nellikkai in indian languages.