Haritaki Terminalia chebula
Haritaki is a deciduous tree that grows up to 30m in height. It is native to southern Asia and is found in forests throughout India.
Harvesting the fruits from these 30m tall trees is a skilled profession with tree climbers shinning up the trunk, rope and sack in hand.
Once full, the sack is sent to the ground by rope with the climber following down after.
The haritaki we use comes from forest gardens that are certified organic in the Western Ghats of India.
Haritaki is one of the triumvirate of fruits used in the famous Ayurvedic formula, Triphala and, as such, is a firm favourite across the world.
In fact it is so highly revered that in illustrations of the Medicine Buddha, he is holding a haritaki fruit.