On Jan 29, 2014, Shahjahan wrote:
I am looking for this fruit in India for study purpose. Either the fruit or the extract of this fruit would do.
Any idea where can we get this in India or some one who can ship it to India?
On Jul 22, 2008, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
This vining plant, a member of the cucumber family, produces small melons, luo han guo, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Known as longevity fruit, the small melons are often dried and distributed in markets.
A decoction of the pulp is used in Chinese medicine for longevity treatments, respiratory ailments, constipation, and sore throats.
This fruit is remarkably sweet due to natural chemicals known as mogrosides (400 times sweeter than sugar, when purified), which can be used as a diabetec-safe, non-nutritive, alternate sweetener similar to stevia. It is used to sweeten herbal teas and to make cooling drinks. As a food product and additive luo han guo is considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the US Department of Agriculture.
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