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)

Any benefits?

  • 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

Any precautions?

  • 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

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