Ingredient Name: Luo Han Guo, Siraitia Grosvernorii, Arhat’s fruit, Monk’s fruit
Traditional Chinese Name: 羅漢果 (luóhàn guǒ)
What is this?
- A fruit that grows on a vine plant common to southern China and northern Thailand
- It is often found dried and used for herbals teas or soups
- It is about the size of a baseball and has a very hard external shell when dried
- The fruit is a dark brown colour with its insides consisting of quadrants and seeds that are the same colour
- Often used for its sweetness and unique flavour
- It is very light and is similar weight to that of a ping pong (with an airy interior)
How do I prepare it?
- Clean the outer fruit with warm running water
- Halve or quarter the fruit – it’s very hard so it’s like you have to break it open
- Rinse the internal fruit with warm running water
Where can I buy this?
- Most wet marts in Hong Kong will sell them at the herbalists
- I have not seen this in supermarkets
What is the cost?
- One fruit costs $4 HKD (less than $1 CAD)
- Extremely efficient in removing phlegm
- Used in conjunction with apricot kernals to relieve coughs and moisten the lungs
- Often used as a sugar substitute (ideal for diabetics to replace sugar)
- A thirst quencher
- The fruit contains anti-oxidants, which help in reducing aging of the skin and body and can help in preventing cancer
- The fruit has a very particular taste, so it takes some time to get used to
- One whole fruit is quite potent, so if you’re uncertain about the flavours, I would suggest using half a fruit for a big pot of soup