Luo Han Guo: The “Longevity Fruit”

Luo Han Guo: The “Longevity Fruit”

Luohanguo is a cousin of the cucumber, and a member of the gourd family of fruits. It’s a round and smooth, dusty green-brown fruit that is covered with fine soft hairs, and a hard but thin shell.

The fruit is used only after it is dried, and can be processed into a powder that contains natural substances called mongrosides in it.

Luo Han Guo (luohanguo) refers to the fruit of Siraitia grosvenori, formerly called Momordica grosvenori, a member of the Curcubitaceae (1). The fruit is well-known for its sweet taste; this plant family (Gourd family) has other members that contain remarkable sweet components, including additional species of the genus Siraitia (e.g., S. siamensis, S. silomaradjae, S. sikkimensis, S. africana, S. borneensis, and S. taiwaniana 2) and the popular herb jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum).

Luohanguo is collected as a round green fruit that turns brown upon drying. The sweet taste of luohanguo comes primarily from mogrosides, a group of terpene glycosides, present at the level of about 1% of the fleshy part of the fruit.

There are several commercial preparations of luohanguo. One of the common ones is Luo Han Guo Chong Ji (chongji is an instant extract granule or dissolving block of extract; the product is shown here, made at the Youngfu Pharmaceutical Factory in Yongfu County of Guilin). It is widely distributed in China, Hong Kong, and via Chinese shops in the West.

Luo han guo is a very sweet fruit found in China. Extracts of luo han guo (also spelled Luo han kuo or lo han kuo) are now being marketed as a sweetener.

◆ 100% natural & GRAS

◆ Lower calories

◆ Lower blood glucose level

◆ Lower cholesterol

◆ Multiple health benefits

◆ Long history of use as a food and medicine

◆ Available Diabeticut formula for customers

One Response to “Luo Han Guo: The “Longevity Fruit””

  1. Carole Tolchin Says:

    I live near Seattle, WA (65 miles north). Where can I buy this, either in a local store or online?
    Is this product only luohanguo or has it been diluted with other ingredients? So many people want this undiluted, and certainly without crystalline fructose or other harmful ingredients.
    Thank you for the good information.

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