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PlantFiles: Arhat Fruit, Monk's Fruit, luo han guo
Siraitia grosvenorii

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Siraitia (see-RAIT-ee-a) (Info)
Species: grosvenorii

Synonym:Momordica grosvenorii
Synonym:Thladiantha grosvenorii

9 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Shahjahan 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?


Positive sharwan On Jun 10, 2012, sharwan from Kanpur
India wrote:

very interesting
where will i purchase LUO HAN GUO fruit/ Arhat Fruit/ Monk's Fruit seed for cultivation in India

Neutral joegee 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.

Luo han guo is distributed internationally as both a dried melon and as a powdered tea. Proctor & Gamble owns a patented process for refining the sweetener to its purest form.

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